Reed Gold Mine Midland
Where are we going today?
The gold rush makes up such an important part of the USA's history - it was a HUGE turning event for those looking to make their fortune and ultimately the settlement of the country.
But they must have found the FIRST piece somewhere....and that "where" happens to be at Reed Gold Mine in North Carolina! That's right!
This historic site is actually the very place that began the whole gold industry in the entire country. From it's discovery, gold mining spread into the nearby southern states, and then ultimately across the country when it spread to California in 1848.
These days, the mine is available for families just like yours to take tours through! Sections of the underground tunnels have been restored, so you can see what it would have really been like to work in the mines.
When you arrive the visitor center is a great spot to start. Here, you can see exhibits filled with gold, and historical mining equipment so you can see exactly how it would have been done!
An orientation film tells you all about that first iconic discovery, and then you can take yourselves on a tour of a restored ore-crushing stamp mill.
After you've enjoyed the tours, you can take a walk through the mining area along the trails, or perhaps try your hand at gold panning! You never know what you're going to find...and you never know...you might find your fortune!
Strike it rich at the Reed Gold Mine! Rich with knowledge and fun, of course!
How much does it cost?
- AdultsFree entry and tours. Gold panning $3 per pan
- ChildrenSame as adult.
When can we go?
9am - 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
Closed Sundays, Mondays and most holidays.
They have group rates of $2 per person for gold panning. A great place for students to visit!.
Take a picnic! It's a great place to relax and enjoy a tasty meal with the family!.
Any Top Tips?
Gold panning is only available from April 1 to october 31, weather permitting. .
Doing our bit
They have preserved the story and artifacts of this amazing mine, which is an integral part of American history..
Need a little extra help?
If you have special needs, give them a call to see how they can help .
Can I get one of those?
You can keep anything you find from gold panning!.
Don't forget a hat if it's hot! You'll be outside for the gold panning .
What people are saying?
by Joanna Voss
My family and I enjoyed an amazing day trip to the Reed gold mine! It was fascinating and we actually found gold! It was a great day and we really enjoyed the rich history and the amazing mine that you can tour!
by Jacob Kon
Self guided tour through the the existing adit is very refreshing in the summer! I love seeing all the collapsed mineshafts as well as the still functioning mill!
Great history of the Charlotte area. There is a bunch of ironworks made right in Charlotte over a hundred years ago!
by Traci Benson
Well for one I am a descendant of John Reed. John is my great great great great grandfather through my grandma Edith Melton.
by Sharon Murray
Amazing and refreshing
by Kevin Blount
Find some gold, it's a lot of work but finding the gold makes it worthwhile.