North Carolina Mineral and Gem Festival: Celebrating Our 45th Anniversary

The Museum of
North Carolina Minerals

A map showing the location of the Museum can be found here.

Hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 7 days a week.

Photo of Museum of North Carolina MineralsRecently renovated, the Museum of North Carolina Minerals introduces the treasures found in the Spruce Pine Mining District through interactive displays on the wide variety of minerals and gems found in the region. Located at milepost 331 on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Gillespie Gap, the Museum provides an introduction to the importance of mining in the region and the mineral and gem wealth found here. Work is continuing on new interactive displays that will take you deep inside a mountain to see how gems and minerals are formed.

The Museum also hosts a visitor center for the Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce, where you can pick up information on local businesses, attractions, lodging, food and more. A gift shop featuring souvenirs and books on Western North Carolina is also located in the museum.

Revolutionary War Encampment

The Museum is located at Gillespie Gap, an important stop for Revolutionary War fighters on their way to the Battle of Kings Mountain, and each September it hosts an encampment each September of reenactors of the Over the Mountain Men, who distinguished themselves during the Battle of Kings Mountain. The Museum also has information on that famous battle, which many historians mark as the turn of the tide in the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War.

The 2005 encampment is being planned for mid-September at the Museum. A wide variety of events, including candlelight tours of the camp, will take place.

You can see photos of an encampment here.

The events are free, and we invite you to come out and experience history with us!

Get a map of Mitchell County here.

Visit the Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce here.

You can get more information by contacting us.

This page updated Wednesday, June 15, 2005 by Pegasus Creations.