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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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Upcoming Events

  • April 3 - May 12:
    World War I Traveling Exhibit

    Tuesday - Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm
    Reed Gold Mine will host the World War I traveling exhibit from April 3 to March 10, 2018. This free exhibit will allow visitors to learn more about World War I, dubbed "The War To End All Wars" from the beginning in 1914 through the Armistice on November 11, 1918. Along with the traveling section, Reed will also highlight some of the soldiers who fought from Cabarrus County, and include artifacts from the local area. Visitors will be able to see WWI uniforms, equipment, photographs and handmade items from the war as they walk through the exhibit. A reproduction of trench wall will greet visitors to the exhibit, while period films and music add to the experience.
    Hands-on activities will be available diring the exhibit, and special children's events are scheduled for May 7 and 14.

  • April 14:
    World War I Encampment

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    Reed Gold Mine is hostiong a World War I encampment on Saturday, April 14, 2108 as part of the WWI exhibit activities. Planned activities include a training camp, showing how soldiers would have camped near the battlefields, basic school of field warfare, rifle demo and possibly a gas drill. Additional activites are scheduled for the day around the visitor center. This special event is free, and open to the public.

  • Stay tuned for upcoming events. . .

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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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