Stolen gold hidden in Muskegon? You be the jury

Lakeshore Museum Center is ready to host its annual Scandal Tour Event – a mock trial hearing the case on Civil War gold and the Hackley family. As per the History Channel’s The Curse of Civil War Gold, participants will act as jurors in a mysterious court case based on the real-life rumor circulating about Charles Hackley. Each of three nights, Aug. 22-24, a court assembles to decide if Hackley housed stolen gold right here in Muskegon.

“This is one of the events I look forward to the most every year,” said Erin Schmitz, Program Manager of Historic Sites. “There are many rumors about these families the public may not know about. These mock trials give us the chance to retell the Hackley story with the added dash of drama it deserves.”

In response to last year’s sellout, a third night has been added. Each night, Aug. 22-24, will have two sessions, one from 5-6:30 pm and the other from 7-8:30 pm.

Jurors are to report to the Hackley & Hume Historic Site and check in at the City Barn/Carriage House. Tickets are $15 members and $20 non-members. It is recommended that jurors be 18 or older.

All tickets are sold in advance, and available now for purchase at

Interested jurors can contact Erin Schmitz at


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