Less Traveled 2010

Tracy Pou

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Search for gold in McCormick

Posted 9/10/2010 1:01:00 PM

The town of McCormick is treasure trove of history. The town is actually built on abandoned gold mines. About five miles of tunnels run underneath McCormick. The Dorn Gold Mine was one of the most important in the state. Named after William Dorn, more than $1 million in gold was excavated from the site before it was exhausted in the late 1850s. About 19 years later, Dorn sold the mine to Cyrus McCormick, an inventor who later sold the land that would become the town of McCormick.

For the past 32 years, McCormick has celebrated its gold history with a big party. The 2010 Gold Rush Festival will be Sept. 17-18 in downtown McCormick. There will be a parade, live entertainment, food, car show and other fun activities.

Can’t make it to the Gold Rush Festival? You can also learn more about McCormick’s gold history and pan for the precious metal at the nearby Heritage Gold Mine Park. The park is located on S.C. 28 and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first and third Saturday of each month from May-October.