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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

  • December 3:
    A Golden Christmas

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    Take a candlelight tour during daylight hours at our "Golden Christmas" celebration. See how miners during the 1800s would have celebrated the holidays and the Germanic origins of some holiday traditions still around today. Visitors can support local craftsmen and shop for items throughout the visitor center. Saint Nicholas will be here to greet the children and give them a small treat, and they will have the opportunity to make a craft to take home. A hayride takes visitors to Mansion Hill, where John Reed's home and family cemetery were located. Riders will have a chance to unload and see the graveyard and learn about John Reed's family. Combination tickets for the underground tour and hayrides are $4.00 for adults, and $2.00 for children 3-12. Children under 3 are free.

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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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