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 the Gateway Museum Grounds in Old Fort, NC was a huge success. 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!!

Did you know that NC was the FIRST state to find gold? Did you know that once there were as many as 3000 miners working here in the Vein MT mines? Or that only about 10% of the world’s gold has ever been recovered? Did you know that there are 33 9°1W-bearing veins crossing the Second Broad River in a quarter mile range here? Did you know that Recreational Gold mining is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the US, and that there are over 300 different gems and minerals in NC? Did you know that NC is the home of the famous and very rare Hiddenite gem, and did you know that the largest Emerald ever found In North America was found in NC so why not come 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 blessing 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


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. 3rd 2016

This year our club auction will be on Sept. 3rd which is the Saturday during the VMRC Club Dig 2 - 3 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.

Horse Shoes

2015 Horseshoe Tournament


» The 2015 "4th of July Horseshoe Tournament" was won by LEE GODWIN. Sixteen players competed for a beautiful "L" shaped nugget. Thanks to Keith Robbinette for maintaining the pits and Rick and Angie Staples for score keeping. The rain held off and there was no "whining" Congratulations Lee.

Bill Paull

New Members


Please come as much as you can to enjoy all activities. We have a great club and lots of very nice, friendly people.

New Member List

Bartley, Blake & Holly, Hammington, DE

Flowers, Westley, Jr. & Lisa, Llncolnton, NC

Humble, Bill & Dawn, Claudville, VA

Honeycutt, Scott, Nebo, NC

Maddaline, Scott, Stanaley, NC

Maflinger, Stephen & Cathy, Garner, NC

McGowen, William & Anne, Henderson, NC

Olivier, Michael & Lydia, Grovetown, GA

Shrefler, Timothy & Peggy, Rock Hill, SC

Tate, Gregg & Jennifer, Forest City, NC

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 .

Gold Wash Plant

Available for Rent

The wash plant can be rented for $750.00 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.