Reed Gold Mine

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  • Hours - 9 am - 5 pm Tuesday - Saturday

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  • 9621 Reed Mine Road

    Midland,   NC  

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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 more than 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.

Today, portions of the underground tunnels at the Reed mine have been restored for guided tours. A visitor center contains exhibits of gold and historical mining equipment. An orientation film highlights the first gold discovery, and tours of a restored ore-crushing stamp mill are offered. A picnic area is available, and you can try your hand at gold panning. Trails wind through the historic mining area, too.

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Address:

9621 Reed Mine Road
Midland NC 28107

Coordinates:

Latitude: 35° 16' 58.08" / Longitude: -80° 28' 7.68"

Special Directions:

See the website for complete information. From Charlotte take U.S. 74 (Independence Boulevard) east to N.C. 24/27 (Albemarle Road). Follow N.C. 24/27 to Reed Mine Road. Turn left on Reed Mine Road, go approximately three miles, and the site will be on the right.

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