“first documented discovery of gold”
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. 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 trails wind through the historic mining area.
Reed Gold Mine is the site of the first documented gold find in the US, discovered by a 12-year-old boy. Today, this state Historic Site is the only underground gold mine in North Carolina open to the public.
We had such a nice time here! It was well worth the detour on our trip. The staff was super friendly! We opted for the self guided tour and two beautiful and friendly dogs actually guided us on the tour! The mine was awesome!
My children have always enjoyed panning for gold here and have actually found a flake or two! Great field trip!
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Reed Gold Mine
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