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Reed Gold Mine


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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. Today you can still feel the cool dampness underground in an early gold mine, marvel at early 20th-century steam locomotives, and relive a colonial or Civil War battle. Visitor centers with exhibits filled with artifacts and multimedia presentations can be found most sites, as are picnic facilities. Most tours and many special programs are free.

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Lauren Johnson

2 months ago

I am only giving 4 stars because panning for gold was closed. The rest was really a lot of fun. It was nice to get out and walk in nature and go into a mine. There are nice trails and interesting things to look at and learn about. The museum was informative and the artifacts we really amazing. Next time we will pack a picnic lunch, try another trail and pan for gold.


John Blevins

2 months ago

A nice, small museum, small gift shop, and underground gold mine. It is located on a beautiful piece of property with 3 miles of trails and picnic tables. I throughly enjoyed my visit and an 1 1/2 hours is enough time. Highly recommended if you live in NC. I dont recommend going to a lot of trouble and expense to come here from far away. I liked it because its convenient.


Joshua Sands

2 weeks ago

Really awesome place! Cool information on mining and to take kids to pan for gold. The only gripe upon arrival is it is $3 a pan now and a limit of two per person but really love the whole set up staff was really helpful.


A Ready

a month ago

Definitely a space to check out at least once. Has some great historical features and the underground mine is really cool and takes you back to a time in the past. The grounds are well maintained and perfect to walk on a nice day like we did!


Jeannie Wearn

6 months ago

Great museum. Reed mine clearly conveys the importance of gold mining to the Charlotte Rea. The walk to the mine is pleasant and I found the mines fascinating. They were beautiful.

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