Gilsum Rock Swap

The 55th annual Gilsum Rock Swap & Mineral Show will be held June 22-23, 2019!

See more than 68 dealers and swappers with gems, jewelry and minerals available for sale or trade in scenic southwestern NH. Pan for minerals, enjoy an old fashioned New England ham and bean dinner with home made pies, sit down for a Chicken Barbeque lunch and more. Admission is free, although donations are graciously accepted. All proceeds go to youth recreation and community programs.

The official 2019  Gilsum Rock Swap & Mineral Show T-shirt is coming. Watch this space.

2018 design

About the Gilsum Rock Swap

Guess what mineral this is?

  • See minerals and crystals from all over the world
  • Crack a geode
  • Pan for minerals
  • Enjoy a hearty whole foods pancake breakfast
  • Stay Saturday evening for the famous ham and bean supper with homemade pies
  • Chicken barbeque Sunday from noon to 2 PM

Show Schedule: Saturday

8 AM Exhibits open

8 AM – Noon: Wholesome Foods Breakfast
10 AM – 2PM: Library books sale at the Library

1 PM: SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Jim Tovey

“How rough specimens become fine gemstone jewelry”

Jim Tovey shows you how he processed a rough beryl specimen extracted from the local Tripp Mine into a finished piece of gemstone jewelry. To see the finished piece he’ll be exhibiting at the League of NH craftsmen’s show, don’t miss his presentation on Saturday, June 23 at 1 PM in the auditorium at the Gilsum Rock Swap!

 

Example of a Tripp Mine beryl specimen collected by Jim Tovey. This 11” X 9” overall. 2.12″ X 1.88″ tall Heliodor crystal is nested into a good grouping of mica crystals. Collected in 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4:45 PM: Annual Ham & Bean Dinner with homemade beans and pies! Three seatings beginning at 4:45, 5:45 and 6:45 PM at Gilsum Congregational Church. Tickets on sale at the Rock Swap Central information booth all day and at the church at meal time.
6 PM: Dealer exhibits close

Sunday

8 AM: Exhibits open
8 AM – Noon: Wholesome Foods Breakfast
Noon – 2 PM: Chicken Barbecue
10 AM – 2 PM: Library book sale 10:00 – 2:00 at the Library
4:00 PM: Show closes – See you next year!

Visit us on Facebook at GilsumRockSwap, where you will find photos from last year’s show, announcements for this year’s event and more!

Watch the New Hampshire Chronicle TV episode about the Gilsum show!

Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday/ 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sunday
Location: Gilsum Elementary School and Community Center, 640 Route 10 in Gilsum (just 10 minutes from Keene). This is an outdoor event, under canopies, held rain or shine. For directions click on the Directions menu item at left.
Places to Stay: Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts and Campgrounds can be found at this Web site.
Gilsum Weather: The Rock Swap goes on rain or shine! Click Weather.com for the weekend forecast.

Show coordinator contact: Rob Mitchell E-mail: gilsumrocks@gmail.com