Gillespie Long Rifle

One of the treasures currently on display at the Heritage Museum is a Gillespie Long Rifle.  Crafted by Phillip Gillespie in 1848, this .34 caliber rifle was made at Mills River in the area known as Forge Mountain.  The Gillespie’s of Mills River were well know as gun makers in the 19th century.  Gillespie family tradition identifies this as Phillip’s own rifle.

View this and many other local treasures at the Henderson County Heritage Museum in the Historic Courthouse.  Wednesday-Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5.