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Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site

9621 Reed Mine Rd., Locust, NC
704/721-4653
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Locust
Type: Historic Sites
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Locust
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

This is the site of the first documented finding of gold in the US. The Charlotte area became a leader in minting coins after this. There is an underground tour, a stamp mill, and panning for gold during the warm season. Picnic area allows you to spend the day with the family.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

My dad loves history and trying his luck to find gold. Whenever he is in town, he takes my oldest son who is four to the gold mine. They love the tour and learn something new each time. They also pan gold. It is a great experience for them both, and I have never heard any complaints.

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Davidson, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Kids took me here for Father's Day (we're new to area so they didn't come here on the typical school trip as kids). We saw the info movie, walked the grounds, toured the mine and panned for gold in the sluices. Good to learn the local history of NC gold mining, fun relaxing day and good to support the upkeep... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

We live within 20 miles of the mine and I had not visited since I was in elementary school (over 30 years ago). We drive by the sign often and my 14 year old son and I decided to have an afternoon visit. I'm pretty sure the film hasn't changed since my last visit but still informative. The self guided... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This place is average, used to be great and informative as a kid. We had some guy tell us it was real gold. Cut the crap!!!

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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12 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We really enjoyed our time here and my daughter was thrilled that she found gold! On a hot summer day going down the mine is a welcome relief from the heat. If you are worried about going underground be reassured that you can get through the entire mine in less than 10 mins. The staff were really friendly and helpful.

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Woodbine, New Jersey
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21 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This was a great place to see where the very first gold was found in America. It's a self guided tour that takes you through a small museum and down into the mine.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

It's free. The grounds are very impressive, and you can walk into the old mine for a good trek. You can feel the mine from outside; it's better than AC on a warm July day. There is a free 20 min. movie, which is dated. The small museum is pretty impressive. Outside, you can pan for gold for three dollars... More

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Ocala, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

This is a fun time for families or couples. There is no entry fee, but if you want to pan for gold, the fee is $3 a pan. First we viewed a short movie about the history of the mine, walked around a small museum, took a self guided tour of the mine then we panned for gold. There are... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I took our 7-year-old son so that he could experience being inside a real mine tunnel. He loves to dig and to play Minecraft, so this seemed like a natural. The 20-minute intro film is informative and entertaining, and authentically North Carolinian. It was made quite a while ago, so it looks a bit blurry to our... More

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