Bellville, History & Tourism

End The Summer With A Rush. A Gold Rush, That is.

31 Aug , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s likely the only opportunity of its kind in Ohio to indulge in a bit of treasure hunting.

Get a sense of the excitement your Richland County ancestors felt when the Buckeye Chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association of America host Ohio Gold Rush Days during Labor Day Weekend.

The setting, the GPAA Swank Claim at 1099 Cutnaw Road in Bellville, is a storied one in the annals of local gold hunting. Earlier this year we published a post entitled, “There’s Gold In Them Thar Hills” (read here) which discussed the history of area gold mining. As noted there, this claim has produced burgundy colored garnets and fine flour gold, including gold-infused quartz of substantial value.

The fun takes place on September 4 and 5, Labor Day Weekend, and the entire family is invited to participate. Free activities for children are included on both days.

A partial list of what is planned includes: Free admission & Parking — Gold panning – Common digs – Metal detecting hunts – Food and Equipment Vendors – Live Auctions – Demonstrations — Duck races – Campfires – Camping sites – and more!

For the complete Ohio Gold Rush Days schedule, and for additional information about each of the offerings, visit the event page on the Buckeye GPAA website.

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