s NC Historic Sites - Reed Gold Mine  

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

The Mine

Site Maps

Reed Gold Mine

Upcoming Events

  • December 1:
    A Golden Christmas

    Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm
    Take a candlelight tour during daylight hours at Reed Gold Mine. See how miners in the early 1800's would have celebrated the holidays, and the Germanic origins of some holiday traditions that have lasted through today. The program will include demonstrations, locally produced crafts, refreshments from the Cabarrus County Extension and Community Association, and a hayride to Mansion Hill. In addition to celebrating local history, local artisans will be featured. Visitors can support local artists and shop for items including quilts, lace, toys, and other products.
    The hayride from the visitor center to Mansion Hill, where John Reed's home and family cemetery were located, will be offered again this year. Riders will have a chance to unload at Mansion Hill and see the graveyard and learn more about John Reed's family. Combination tickets for the guided underground tour and hayrides are $3.00 for adults and children 3-12. Children under 3 are free.


  • Stay tuned for upcoming events. . .


View NC DNCR Upcoming Events Calendar

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.


Return to top of page