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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

Upcoming Events

  • June 13:
    Pan-O-Lympics

    Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm
    Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site will be hosting the 2015 Pan-O-Lympics, also known as the Annual North Carolina Open Gold Panning Competition. This competition will unite experienced gold panners with novices looking for adventure as each attempts to win prizes in this speed panning event. The competition is held alongside the historic Little Meadow Creek, location of the first documented discovery of gold in the United States. Competitors will be issued 14-inch Garret Gravity Trap pans containing sand and 4 pea-sized lead nuggets. They must remove as much sand as possible, leaving all four nuggets, in the fastest time possible. Penalty time is awarded for missing nuggets. The top three contestants with the quickest time will be awarded trophies and prizes.


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 per pan. A group rate of $2 per pan is available, call for details.


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