The first gold found in the USA was discovered at what is today the Reed Gold Mine. At one stage the mine was second only to farming in employing people in North Carolina.
John Reed, a farmer, found a large yellow rock in Little Meadow Creek on the Reed farm in Cabarrus County in 1799. For 3 years they used it as a door stop at their farm house. In 1802 a Fayetteville jeweler identified the 17 pound gold nugget.
There are still gold in them mountains and families visit the mine to find their own gold. With the price of gold now days, a lot of people are getting “gold fever” again.
No fee is charged for admission or tours of the mine. Gold panning is $2 per pan. A group rate of $1.50 per pan is available. Tuesday – Saturday–9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Reed Gold Mine
9621 Reed Mine Rd.
Midland, N.C. 28107
Phone: (704) 721-GOLD (4653)
Fax: (704) 721-4657