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Reed Gold Mine

Gold Mining – Industry – A National Historic Landmark

Reed Gold Mine is the site of the first documented gold find in the United States. From this discovery, gold mining spread gradually to nearby counties and eventually into other southern states. During its peak years gold mining was second only to farming in the number of North Carolinians it employed. The estimated value of gold recovered reached over one million dollars a year. North Carolina led the nation in gold production until 1848, when it was eclipsed by the great rush to California. Continued

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Reed Gold Mine

Special Notice!

We are in the process of renovating our Visitors Center, which will remain closed to the public through July. The site itself remains open during this time. Visitors should go to the tent set up near our parking lot for information, and to purchase panning tickets. For any additional information, please contact us by email at larry.neal@ncdcr.gov, or through our temporary phone number, (704) 721-4665. Thanks!

Upcoming Events

  • April 22:
    40th Anniversary Event

    Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm
    Conrad Reed's discovery in 1799 will be commemorated with rare, special living history demonstrations of surface and underground mining, hands-on mining activities, general demonstrations and mining related vendors. Costumed interpreters will demonstrate cradle and log rockers, used to sort through dirt and find large nuggets on the surface. Other interpreters will show how blasting holes were drilled and gold bearing quartz rock was removed from the mine. The California-type 10-stamp mill will be in operation to show how rock was mixed with mercury to extract gold. Reed's underground mine was opened in 1977 and panning was added in the 1980s. Visitors will be able to pan for gold and also take turns on the cradle rocker during the celebration. Guided tours and exhibits will also be available throughout the day. Admission is $5 for adults, and $3 for children.


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Reed Gold Mine Information

Contact Us

Reed Gold Mine
9621 Reed Mine Rd.
Midland, N.C. 28107
Phone: (704) 721-GOLD (4653)
Fax: (704) 721-4657
Email: reed@ncdcr.gov

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday--9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Closed Sundays, Mondays, and most major holidays.

Admission Fee

No fee is charged for admission or tours of the mine. Gold panning is available 9 am to 4 pm from April 1 through October 31, weather permitting. The fee is $3 plus tax per pan. A group rate is available for groups of 10 or more that register a minimum of two weeks in advance. Call site for more information.


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