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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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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

The Reed Gold Mine was a very pleasant surprise. Very interesting historical site, often overlooked by tourists. I never knew that North Carolina had been in the thick of gold mining fever in the early days of the U.S. They have well-prepared exhibits, friendly staff, and nice facilities. The highlight, of course, is the mine tour itself, which is a... More

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Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Well worth the trip!! To go trough the mine was free and $3 a person to pan for gold. This is easily a fun for everyone trip. The mine was touring was great. I loved exploring through it and the panning was really fun. Both my wife and I struck gold! Lots of fun....cheap date!

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Miami
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We came here for a few hours and it was quite fun. You learn a lot about the history if gold mining and get to explore the mines up to 50 feet below. It was quite cool yet refreshing in the mines. The tours are free, but the panning is $3 per person. Totally worth it! Some people actually found... More

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Mebane, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Ok, so the title's from a song about coal mining, not gold mining, I know, but it sounded appropriate. Anyway, my daughter and I took a trip here today to learn about a lesser known aspect of NC history; gold mining. Gold was discovered in NC decades before the Gold Rush to California started, and the Reed Gold Mine was... More

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Mid-west USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Our kid was dying to go panning for gold. So to reward him for great report card and passing end of grade tests we went 2 hour drive to Reed Gold Mine--the first place in US to discover gold. Displays telling history and showing movie are interesting for younger kids up to middle school. Walking down through mines was refreshing... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Loved everything about this place. Even thou I didn't find any gold still had a great time. We saw a little bit if everything the mine use great nature aspect was just as good.

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Locust
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

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

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

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

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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