Special Halloween Event Planned!
Thrillls, Chills and Tommyknockers!
For Halloween, our Priest Mine will Become a “Spooktacular” Place for Some Family Fun and a Little History
Halloween in historic Old Hangtown wouldn’t be complete without a visit from a few little gnomes known as Tommyknockers. On Sunday, October 30, our legendary Priest Mine will be converted into a fun and “spooky” location to encourage these impish little characters to appear.
Tommyknockers are part of a an ancient Cornish miners’ superstition that tells of these wee little men, the equivalent of Irish leprechauns, performing mischievous deeds and practical jokes on the miners deep inside the dark, underground mines. The Priest Mine was hand dug by Cornish miners during the peak of the California Gold Rush. To learn more click on the "Events" button above.
You'll step back in time when you enter the Gold Bug Mine! It's a REAL gold mine from the Gold Rush days. Explore the Gold Bug and the mining museum. Find your riches in the gem panning trough. Be sure to visit our historic Stamp Mill and working Blacksmith Shop. Hattie's Gift Shop will be open for that special one-of-a-kind memento of your mining experience.
During your self-guided audio tour of the Gold Bug you'll hear a California Gold Rush miner tell about the tools he used to get at that elusive yellow metal - GOLD! As you enter the 352 foot drift of this hard rock mine, you will feel the cool air brush against your face. Bring a picnic lunch. Take a relaxing hike. Check out the gold rush museum. Gold Bug Park promises to be a wonderful experience for you and your family. The Hattie Gift Shop has many treasures to remind you of your visit. During our winter hours our Gem Panning troughs are closed.
Plan your visit: We offer educational and entertaining guided tours for both schools and private groups. The Gold Bug Mine is the main feature of the tour and includes the Hendy Stamp Mill and Blacksmith Shop.
More field trip ideas... Plan a group outing...Enjoy a picnic or party along the stream at one of several picnic areas. Take your group on a tour of Gold Bug Mine, or try out some Gem Panning. Large groups are encouraged to rent the Pavilion.
Visit the Park: Several activities and sites are available within the park, as well as trails to walk and to just enjoy the serenity of the foothills along the streambed. Explore activities at Gold Bug Park.
Gold Bug Park is in its 34th year as an historical attraction!
. Come on by and bring your family and friends!