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Gold mining in Western NC 50 years before the California Gold Rush....who knew????

Lots of information contained within the first floor of this unique museum. The house is within... read more

Reviewed December 11, 2018
MediaLadyMN
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Hendersonville, North Carolina
Gold mining history

This museum, though small, has lots of information about the early days of gold mining in the North... read more

Reviewed August 5, 2018
SLS864
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Greenville, South Carolina
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

Lots of information contained within the first floor of this unique museum. The house is within walking distance of downtown Rutherfordton. It was originally owned by Christopher Bechtler who traveled from Germany with his sons and nephew. He was a jeweler who started minting gold...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed August 5, 2018

This museum, though small, has lots of information about the early days of gold mining in the North Carolina area before the miners rushed to California. You could tell from the way that the docent presented the information that she really enjoys sharing and enlightening...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 3, 2017

A real nice bit of history here in Rutherford County. Brings some interesting but perhaps lost bits of history alive.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed June 21, 2017

This pleasant and informative museum house details the discovery of gold in Western North Carolina and the immigrant family that created a minor empire centered around the smelting and minting of the shiny stuff. This fascinating story, often overshadowed in the history books by the...More

Date of experience: July 2016
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Leniece L, Public Relations Manager at Bechtler House, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2017

Thank you fro visiting and for the review. We are always amazed how little attention the NC Gold Rush receives considering it was the first one in America and happened almost 50 years before the California Gold Rush. Visit some of the other stops on...More

Reviewed May 5, 2017 via mobile

The information was well presented. The docent made the history live. She was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. The house was clean and well arranged. It told the story of the mint with lots of pictures and information boards. We were also directed...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Leniece L, Public Relations Manager at Bechtler House, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2017

Thank you Deborah for visiting and for the review. The N.C. Gold Rush is a part of history that often gets forgotten. If you are a history buff make sure to check out the N.C. Gold Trail for other sites throughout the state.

Reviewed April 17, 2017 via mobile

Had a wonderful time....the house and park is small, but very interesting. It was nice learning about North Carolina history.

Date of experience: April 2017
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Leniece L, Public Relations Manager at Bechtler House, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2017

Thanks Tina for visiting! We are glad you enjoyed the trip. There are many other sites related to Bechtler to explore along the N.C. Gold Trail. All of them were a big part of the N.C. Gold Rush that often gets forgotten.

Reviewed April 11, 2017

The house tell the story of the Bechtler mine and mint. It was the first private mint in the US and the first gold dollar. It also has an example of his gunsmithing skills.

Date of experience: December 2016
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Leniece L, Public Relations Manager at Bechtler House, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2017

Thanks for visiting and for the review. Beginning in July the only known Bechtler Rifle still in existence will be on display, if you are interested in coming back to see us. It will be calling the Bechtler House home from now on.

Reviewed March 24, 2017

Small place with lots of information. Very educational. the host there is very knowledgable. Guests get a nice golden chocolate coin to take home.

Date of experience: March 2017
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Leniece L, Public Relations Manager at Bechtler House, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2017

Thank you for visiting and for the review. We are glad you enjoyed it!

Reviewed February 6, 2017

They are on their way to a great museum of a very historic person and time. The curator we met there was very, very nice and very educated on her subject. This is well worth the trip to learn about America's first gold mint.

Date of experience: January 2017
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Leniece L, Public Relations Manager at Bechtler House, responded to this reviewResponded February 8, 2017

Thank you for your review Nathan! We are glad you enjoyed your time with us.

Reviewed August 18, 2016

It doesn't cost a dime to see where the first gold dollar began. It was struck in Rutherfordton, N.C., and not by the U.S. Mint. The Bechtler House, home of German immigrant, Christopher Bechtler, is a testament to how the $2.24 million of hand-pressed gold...More

Date of experience: August 2016
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Leniece L, Public Relations Manager at Bechtler House, responded to this reviewResponded February 8, 2017

Thank you for your review! We are glad everyone in your party enjoyed their trip. Check back with us later this year as we plan to add an additional exhibit to the house in the by April of 2017 and we just added a new...More

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