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Welcome to the Vein Mountain Recreational Miners Club

PictureFrom the desk of Doug:
I hope that each one of you enjoyed this mining season and that you found time to get out in the water and into the Brackettown property this summer. For those that have not yet heard we have more river to work this year. You can go from the Lucky Strike all the way up to the old railroad trestle, but just remember, no further up than the trestle and PLEASE do not disturb, in any way, the trees and plant life if you wish to keep the privilege of more creek to work. We would like to welcome all the new members that have joined our club lately. You could not find a better club to join and, yes, I do say that with some prejudice because we do have a great group of miners! If you are coming by, stop by and see all the work that is happening on our clubhouse, hopefully this winter we will get to complete the kitchen won't that be wonderful ladies? If you have not been able to come by and participate in the VMRC digs this year, we hope that you will be able to get some time in this next year.

The NC Gold Festival, which is always held the 1st weekend in June, at Lucky Strike Gold Mine, Marion, NC is a very popular fesival. Folks from many different states came to help us celebrate! Everything you ever wanted to know about gold can be found at our Gold Festival every year!!

Some points to ponder:
NC was the FIRST state to find gold
There were as many as 3000 miners working here in the Vein MT mines.
Only about 10% of the world's gold has ever been recovered.
There are 33 gold-bearing veins crossing the Second Broad River in a quarter mile range here.
Recreational Gold mining is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the US.
There are over 300 different gems and minerals in NC.
NC is the home of the famous and very rare Hiddenite gem.
The largest Emerald ever found In North America was found in NC.

Come and visit the "TREASURE CHEST" of the nation!

We are so thankful for the wonderful members of the VMRC and feel that we hve been truly blessed to know each one of you. We hope each of you had a wonderful Christmas and GOD's many blessings upon you through the new year, may all your pans come up golden, your wallets decorated with lots of green and your hearts full of love.

May all your pans be Golden!
E-mail Doug



The VMRC is located at the Lucky Strike Gold and Gem mine, Vein Mountain in Marion, NC. We provide, through our membership, the shared knowledge and properties for recreational prospecting. If you are new to prospecting or a seasoned miner this is the club for you. Our membership spans from the Northeast to the Midwest and through the South. Our Club digs and Miners Meet Weekends are at the Lucky Strike Gold and Gem mine, Vein Mountain in Marion, NC. Plan a vacation to meet with us some time soon.

Annual club auction will be on Sept.2nd,2023

This year our club auction will be on Sept.2nd which is the Saturday during the VMRC Club Dig 1 - 2 Sept. weekend. This is a great time for all. The proceeds all go to the building the club house. Come and see what treasurers you can't live without and "bid it up". We all have a great time. Plus, you will be helping out with the club and the clubhouse. If you have some things you no longer want, you could donate them to the auction. We have a great time and the weekend is full of fun. Be sure to come if you can.

Gold Wash Plant

Available for Rent

The wash plant can be rented for $1200.00 per day (with a minimum of at least 2 days) to any club or group of people, including VMRC members who might be interested. Anything found belongs to the group. Doug will supply the backhoe, material, backhoe operator and the plant, BUT, he will need a 2 week notice in advance. If you are interested, call and let Doug know. (828) 738-4893.

In Memoriam


Vein Mountain Recreational Miners Club member and friend John Franklin Marshall, Jr., age 69, of Nebo passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, June 13, 2023, at his home. John was born September 25, 1953, in Harrisburg, PA to John Franklin Marshall, Sr. of Naples, FL and to the late Carolyn Cree Martin Marshall. He was a gold prospector and moved to Nebo 25 years ago to find gold. John was very caring, fun loving, and an animal lover. He was helpful to others and always a good person to be around. Those left behind to cherish John's memory are his beloved wife of 48 years, Joyce Ann Claycomb Marshall of the home; one sister, Christine Girard of Naples, FL; and special friends, Doug and Liz McCormick, Jason McCormick, Gerald McCormick, Dougie McCormick, Susie Epley, Jeff Leonard, and Melissa Lambert. The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 17, 2023, in the chapel of Westmoreland Funeral Home in Marion. A memorial service to celebrate John's life will follow at 2:00 pm at the funeral home with Rev. Steve Bugenhagen officiating. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in John's memory are asked to consider Rusty's Legacy, 139 Lytle Mountain Road, Marion, NC 28752.

First in Gold


If you are a resident of NC and are proud of your state, please help us to get this license plate printed to show what fantastic history we have here: Actual look for the new "History" license plate. If you are interested, please go to ncgold.org and print out an order form and follow instructions below. If you want to order 1 or more license plates, just write us a check for the amount needed and make it out to: N.C. GOLD FOUNDATION, INC. P.O. BOX 2786 MARION, NC 28752 OR, Contact; 1-828.442-5798