Vermont’s unearthed Gold  Nuggets are well protected by a historical society. These nuggets were picked from several brooks in the heart of Vermont’s Gold Rush Region. The Collection was donated when Laurence Curtis died. Unfortunately his gold pans, sluices, and other mining antiques were sold off in a family yard sale.

Gold pans, maps, and prospecting gear is still available at Al’s Barn Sale on VT100 north of VT103 in Ludlow. The antique shop has quite a selection of collection tools. Traditional steel gold pans, and six or more lightweight plastic pans in multiple sizes are on hand. Hard copies of The Gold Rush Times are also available. Al’s is on the way to the historic Vermont Gold Rush settlement on Plymouth Pond. Now called Echo Lake, the access point to the open panning brook is on Scout Camp Road. Hike up from the State Park parking area and you will often find panners. Weekends can be busy so I recommend mid-week days when the brook is shallow.