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Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site

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Address: 9621 Reed Mine Rd., Locust, NC
Phone Number: 704/721-4653
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Gook place for history, mining, and GOLD !

The first U.S. gold discovery was here in 1799. The museum is excellent, good displays and explanations about gold in North Carolina. You can pan for gold at the original... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 25, 2015
rollingstoneman
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Golden, Colorado, USA
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asheboro
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

A nice day trip for the family. Enjoy the scenic drive. Learn a little history, Go inside a real gold mine.

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Golden, Colorado, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

The first U.S. gold discovery was here in 1799. The museum is excellent, good displays and explanations about gold in North Carolina. You can pan for gold at the original discovery site for a small fee (I found one big flake, no nuggets), and tour an underground mine tunnel. Picnic tables, too.

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Milford, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

Before California's 49ers, South Dakota's Black Hills, and Alaska's Klondike, gold was found in the red clay and quartz of the North Carolina Piedmont. Young Conrad Reed found the first gold "nugget" (17 lbs.) in Little Meadow Creek that ran through his father's farm. Being told by a silversmith in Concord that it was of no value, the family used... More 

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Monroe, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

This was a very neat place to visit. We had just moved into the area and saw this free place to visit! Unfortunately, we visited too late in the afternoon and was unable to actually pan for gold, but the mine and trails were fascinating. I took my husband and two kids ages 6 and 13.

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Anaheim, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Self guided tour of mine and beautiful surroundings and is free! Very informative and people at desk helpful.

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badin, nc
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This was an interesting trip inside an actual mine. Being claustrophobic, I was a bit anxious about going underground but the mine is not frightening. It was very interesting to see this area where gold was mined in North Carolina. Definitely a place where children and adults could enjoy history and spend family time together.

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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

I visited here on a whim, having seen the sign on the road. I expected an abandoned mine with a few plaques, but got a pleasant surprise! First, I had no idea that gold was mined in NC as early as 1799. Second, the place is well done--authentic, extensive in what it has to offer, and interesting. It's even possible... More 

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North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015 via mobile

Turns out a cool rainy day makes for perfect weather to visit a Gold Mine. And turned out to be quite the history lesson for us too. Never had any idea North Carolina had such a rich history (pun intended) in the gold industry; explains the huge banking presence in Charlotte. First we walked the museum, then into the mine,... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Super place to spend the afternoon, family, friends, or by yourself. Lots of great education and fun. If you can schedule to go when they are hosting an event you will not be disappointed. Great attraction of history.

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New Middletown, OH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015 via mobile

Very cute place to visit. And it is free! The only thing you have to pay for is panning for gold if you choose to do that. But there is an area full of history about the mine and various artifacts to see. You can also go into a large portion of the old mine underground.

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