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Editor: Robert Mitchell
The mission of the Gilsum Recreation Committee, a not-for-profit organization that also sponsors the annual Gilsum Rock Swap
& Mineral Show, is to promote and fund recreation programs for the town
of Gilsum, NH.
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from time to time.
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Facts and figures about Gilsum, NH.
Registered voters: 516Tax rate:
$25.94 per $1,000 assessed valuation. Ration of assessment: 100 percent.
Geographic Area: 17.1 square miles.
is a member of the Monadnock Regional School District. Children attend
the Gilsum Elementary School for grades K, 4,5 and 6 and Surry
Elementary School for grades 1-3. Older children attend Monadnock Regional Middle School/High School in Swanzey.
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was originally formed in 1752 as the town of Boyle. According to the
town history, it was renamed Gilsum when incorporated in 1763 in honor
of two prominent families in town: the Gilberts and the Sumners. The mother of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith, Lucy Mack, was born here in 1775.
Q: What is Gilsum known for?
- The Gilsum Rock Swap & Mineral Show,
which takes place each summer, is a nationally known mineral show. The
event, which raises money for children's recreation programs, has been
supported by volunteers since 1964.
- The Stone Arch Bridge
is an engineering marvel. Created by dry-stacked stones, it has spanned
the Ashuelot River, connecting Route 10 with Surry Road, since the late
- A rich mining history: Gilsum was a center
for mining of minerals such as felspar, mica, beryl and quartz in the
1940s and 1950s. Inactive mines still dot the area. One, the Beauregard
mine, is still actively operated by Toveco for its beryl, quartz and
mica. Once mined commercially for use in electronics, today beryl
cyrstals are prized by mineral collectors. Specimens can be seen at the
annual Rock Swap & Mineral Show.
- Lucy Mack, mother of Mormon church founder and prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. was born here in 1775.
Bear Den Geological State Park includes trails through steep, rock legdes. Hikers can view "pot holes" created by glacial movements.
- Vessel Rock, on Vessel Rock Road, is a giant boulder that's nearly as large as the home beside it.
- The Deep Hole,
A natural gorge formation located just downstream from the Stone Arch
Bridge, is a popular swimming hole along the Ashuelot river. If you can
make it down the steep ledges a deep pool of water awaits. Some jump off
a giant boulder next to the swimming hole.
- The Devil's Chair -
This ledge, jutting out from the cliffs just above the Deep Hole, is so
named because while it's relatively easy to climb down onto it, its
nearly impossible to get back up. More than one person has had to be
rescued from this spot.