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The Gold Hill Historic Preservation Society's mission is to attain, restore, maintain, and preserve the mining town of Gold Hill and the mines for the continuation and perpetuation of the tradition upon which the town and surrounding area was established.
The historic town of Gold Hill and Gold Hill Mines Historic Park invite visitors to step back in time and experience the simple life of a nineteenth century gold mining village. The wood sidewalks are reminiscent of the Old West. But in fact, Gold Hill, North Carolina was a well established gold mining boom town by the early 1840’s, almost a decade before the gold strike at Sutter’s Mill in California. With a bustling main street that spanned a mile in its day, Gold Hill boasted of at least sixteen merchants, twenty-three saloons and about six establishments with ladies-in-calling, a twenty room hotel and a two-story mining office. It was a town of which, even the mayor of Charlotte, NC was envious, making newspaper headlines when he commented that he had hopes that "Charlotte will one day be as big and prosperous as Gold Hill."