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Midland, North Carolina: Reed Gold Mine

First documented commercial gold find in the US in 1799 (discovered accidentally). Self-guided tour of the old mine tunnels and trail, pan for gold.

9621 Reed Mine Rd, Midland, NC
NW of Locust between Hwy 200 and Hwy 24 off Reed Mine Rd
Tu-Sa 9 am-5 pm, closed Su-M. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Free. Charge for gold panning.
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In the Reed Gold Mine.

Reed Gold Mine

Reed Gold Mine is a nice spot to stretch your legs, hike a bit, and learn a bit of history. The visitor center/ museum is terrific.

[Shannon Entin, 06/29/2012]

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Reed Gold Mine

This is the location of the first documented commercial gold find in the US. I loved everything about this place. The workers were extremely friendly, the museum was educational and fun. You could tour the caverns and trails with a trusty map as your guide, and best of all, it was free. After you were done exploring, you could pay 2 dollars and get a pan of dirt where a very authentic man (overalls, bushy mountain man beard, drinking tea from a mason jar), showed us how to pan for gold.

[Danielle, 10/02/2011]

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