The Mint Hill Historical Society will be busy this weekend. Several events that were rescheduled from Discover Mint Hill a few weeks ago, plus events that were already scheduled, will take place this Saturday.
Discover Mint Hill was canceled several weeks ago because of rain. However, The Mint Hill Historical Society decided to reschedule the double-decker bus tour for this weekend. The popular tour showcases historical points of interest around the town and costs $3.
Historical society administrator, Sue McDonald, said even residents who have lived in the area for many years will be surprised by some of the points of interest on the bus tour.
The tours will take place as the historical society hosts its farmers market grand opening for the summer. The market will feature produce from area farmers, tours through the historic village, various programs, and crafts for sale.
Saturday also marks the grand opening of the Surface Hill Gold Assay Office at 10 am. Experts from Gold History Corporation will be on hand to discuss gold mining that took place in the area. Demonstrators will show how gold was crushed in the large Chilean Mill, a recent addition to the historical society.
Gene Bost, from the Bost Grist Mill in Georgeville, will also operate a vintage stone crusher run by a hit and miss engine. Quartz rock from the Cotton Patch Gold Mine, the only working mine in the state of North Carolina, will be used for demonstrations.
Admission to the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village is free, but bring a couple of dollars to the gold panning shelter or smash your own penny in the Penny Pincher machine.