Gilsum Rock Swap

We regret to inform you that, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have decided to cancel the Gilsum Rock Swap & Mineral Show for 2021.

We deeply regret having to cancel – we know everyone was looking forward to this great event. This has been a difficult decision for us but when we looked at the detail of the logistics, readiness of our volunteers to participate, and other issues back in April when we had to make this decision, it was clear that our best option for everyone’s health and safety was to wait until 2022. We’re offering all Rock Swap vendors a choice: You may request full refund or apply your 2021 registration to the 2022 event. If you’d like to request a refund, we’ll still send you an invite for 2022 in December, so you’ll still have an opportunity to reclaim your space. For a refund, please confirm who the check should be made out to and where it should be mailed. Please let us know of your choice by sending an email to or by sending a letter to Gilsum Recreation Committee, PO Box 76, Gilsum, NH 03448.
Look forward to seeing you at the next Rock Swap on June 25-26, 2022

About the Gilsum Rock Swap

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 Barbecue lunch and more. Admission is free, although donations are graciously accepted. All proceeds go to youth recreation and community programs.

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


From Jim Tovey’s presentation in 2019: 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.

5:00 PM: Annual Ham & Bean Dinner with homemade beans and pies! Three seatings beginning at 5 and 6 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 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 for the weekend forecast.

Show coordinator contact: Rob Mitchell E-mail: