MIDLAND, N.C. – The 1890s saw the discovery of one of the largest gold nuggets in North Carolina history. Celebrating this 23 pound discovery, known as the Shinn Nugget, Reed Gold Mine will host a day of re-enactments and tours April 9 to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the find.
In 1896 three local gentlemen – Jacob Shinn, A.M. Cox and Dr. J.R. Jerome, along with their workers, started digging along the old road bed leading from the creek to the top of Middle Hill.
Special events for the anniversary will include tours near the old road where the nugget was found, a highlight of improvements to the mine from 1899 to 1912, and a re-enactment of the discovery of the Shinn Nugget at the exact spot where it was found. Tours begin at the visitor center and will be offered at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Admission is $2.14, tax included, for ages eight and older; ages seven and younger are free. Panning will be available and costs $3.21, tax included, for ages eight an older.