Gilsum Rock Swap

The 53rd annual Gilsum Rock Swap & Mineral Show will be held June 24-25, 2017 RAIN OR SHINE! More than 65 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 Gilsum Rock Swap & Mineral Show T-shirt for 2017 is here!                     


Beautiful new Rock Swap t-shirt  available at the information booth at the show June 24-25. T-shirts are $15 each

Preordering has closed. T-shirts ordered before June 1st can be picked up at the information booth at the show June 24-25

All proceeds go to fund town recreation programs

About the show

Guess what mineral this is?

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

Show Schedule: Saturday

8 AM Exhibits open

rock and gem jewelry

Rock and gem jewelry

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



Jim Tovey

Jim Tovey of Toveco (right). Space #33

1 PM: SPECIAL PRESENTATION: “From rough gemstone to finished jewelry.” Ever wonder what it takes to transform a rough mineral specimen into fine gemstone jewelry? James Tovey, owner of Toveco, shows how a freshly mined mineral specimen from the local Tripp Mine moves through the process. This presentation is located in the auditorium and is free. Don’t miss it!

2 PM: SPECIAL PRESENTATION: How to break a rock. Steve Garza demonstrates the correct way to break a rock — and lets visitors give it their best shot. Steve will provide the hammer and protective gear at dealer space #40. Kids welcome!

Steve Garza

Steve Garza shows how to break a rock. Meet at space #40.

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


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 years event and more!

Watch the New Hampshire Chronicle TV episode profiling of 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 for the weekend forecast.

Show contact: Rob Mitchell E-mail:
See this year’s brochure.