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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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Woodbine, New Jersey
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68 reviews 68 reviews
20 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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90 reviews 90 reviews
28 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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Charlotte, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014 via mobile

Nice day trip from Charlotte NC to take the family. Outdoors trails, a working stone crusher, a neat little mine to wander through and pan for gold. Best of all it was free.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

It is free, so what do you have to lose?? Didn't know what to expect from this site. Have lived nearby for several years and never made the trip to the gold mine thinking it would be lame. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the mine, as well as the grounds. There was also a small but interesting Blackbeard exhibit.... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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200 attraction reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We love caverns and caves so this was fun for us. We were going to Charlotte, NC and saw a sign for the Reed Gold Mine and decided to take a detour. We were allowed to go through the mine without a guide and that really made it special because we could take our time. For the kids (and the... More

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

My wife and I made a trip to Charlotte, NC and took this as a side trip along the way. The museum tour was well laid out, but I did not think the staff was very friendly. It started when we went in to ask for general information and kinda went down hill from there. Maybe it was because the... More

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Rochester, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

Took my two g'kids, daughter-in law and wife to the Reed Goldmine. We picked up "Subway subs" a couple miles up the road and ate in a picnic area at the Reed Goldmine. Most of the picnic tables were fairly new, clean and located under a nice set of trees next to the parking lot (important on a hot day).... More

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Salisbury, North Carolina
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

We took the walking tour through the historic gold mine. It was scary to think of such working conditions but interesting to see the determination involved in getting the ore out. It was a nice walk, although not very handicapped accessible in my opinion with some steep steps involved on the exit side. Walking with a three year old was... More

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