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

  • August 9:
    Film Screening, "Like Rats in a Trap"

    Saturday, 12 - 2 pm
    Reed Gold Mine will host the screening of the short film 'Like Rats in a Trap' at 12:15 and 1:15. This film, shot almost entirely at Reed Gold Mine, tells the story of the mine flood that occurred at the Barringer Mine in August 1904. Co-Director G.S. Koch will be discuss the history of the flood and making of this 15 minute movie. Admission is free, and open to the public.


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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