Gilsum Rock Swap 2022

June 25-26, 2022 Rain or Shine! 

We’re looking forward to resuming the Gilsum Rock Swap & Mineral Show in 2022!

***Special Presentation***

This year’s event includes a special presentation by geologist Paul Brandes, “From Paleo to Present: A Brief History of Mining.” Humans have been mining since the Paleolithic Era more than 60,000 years ago, from chert used for tools to precious metals and gems. Join Brandes, the “Indiana Jones of Geology,” for a walk through time as he explains what people mined in each era and how mining techniques gradually evolved, then accelerated in the 19th century. This presentation is free.

Other events include our annual ham and bean dinner with homemade pies, a chicken barbecue, and panning for minerals for the kids.

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 book sale at the Library

1 PM: SPECIAL PRESENTATION ” Paleo to Present: A Brief History of Mining” at the Community Center.

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

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