Gold Hill, North Carolina

Gold History “In the middle of everywhere”

North Carolina is rich in gold history. You will enjoy a nostalgic change of pace and step back in time as you stroll along the wood sidewalks of this restored nineteenth century Gold Mining boom town.

Our gold history story

With its first gold discovery in 1824, Gold Hill is considered one of today’s  most charming, historic small towns in North Carolina. Gold Hill is home to numerous gold mines. The 850ft deep Randolph Mine and the 435ft deep Barnhardt Mine became two of the most famous and profitable gold mines in the southeast. As a result, Gold Hill enjoyed the claim to fame and fortune.

Gold Hill offers an ‘Au-some’ experience celebrating the gilded age of gold discovery in North Carolina. The town was once the envy of Charlotte’s Mayor. He is quoted as saying that he had, ‘Hopes for Charlotte to one day, be as big and prosperous as Gold Hill’. Our visitors love getting away from the hustle of the city to shop, dine and play at a relaxing slower pace.

The celebrated nineteenth century gold history of North Carolina is documented in photos from Gold Hill.
Photos include the huge imposing Gold Hill Mining Office. Residents are proudly posed for an Easter Sunday photo op.
A group of prominent men and women sit on the porch of the Gold Hill Hotel.
In photo number three, Dr. Irvin Shaver and John Jenkins(with baby) are among the gentlemen at the storefront of E.H. Montgomery General Store on Main Street.
Workers at the Chilean Ore Mill crushing precious gold ore. A woman working the log rockers to separate the gold, demonstrates the hard laborious work.
Miners posed and ready for work at the Union Copper Mine.

Our Community


We offer everything from unique shopping opportunities, to fine dining. Enjoy wine tours at an award winning vineyard and micro-brewery, hiking in the great outdoors, bluegrass music, gold history tours, antiques picking and more.
But, be sure to check out the Shopping and Dining page for information on days and times of operation.

Music and More

Gold Hill is well known for the Montgomery General Store Bluegrass Jam. It is held every Friday evening year round, from 7-9:00p.m. Gold Hill is also a great destination wedding location. There are numerous sites to choose from for your special day. There’s lots to do throughout the year at monthly events and seasonal festivals. We invite you to slow down and join us for a great family outing in one of the richest, most authentic, historic gold mining boom towns east of the Mississippi.

Find Us

Gold Hill is located in Eastern Rowan County, North Carolina, USA. If you use Gold Hill as a hub, within a 100-mile radius a wheel forms to take in all the major population centers in the Piedmont and Western North Carolina. So, while this most delightful of small towns in North Carolina is thought to be “in the middle of nowhere,” it is actually “In the Middle of Everywhere”.

Gold Hill Mines Historic Park, located adjacent to the village shops, is open seven days a week during Daylight hours. If you enjoy hiking and biking, spend the day on the Gold Hill Rail Trail.
For GPS directions, use 770 St. Stephens Church Road, Gold Hill, NC

We are a partner of the North Carolina Gold Trail, www.visitncgold.com
We’re also a partner of the Carolina Thread Trail, www.carolinathreadtrail.org

Download the Gold Hill Brochure w/ Rail Trail Brochure & Map Here:

Click on the ATTRACTIONS/Shopping & Dining Page For Hours of Operation for Village Shopping. Individual Shop Hours Vary.

Click on the EVENTS tab to see our EVENT DATES for 2021

North Carolina Gold Trail … Explore North Carolinas Gold Heritage

Come see us.. We’re at 770 St. Stephens Church Road, Gold Hill, NC