You’ll Love Panning For Gold At The Historic Reed Gold Mine In North Carolina

Most people don’t realize that America’s first gold rush actually took place right here in North Carolina. It all began in 1799 when a 12-year-old boy named Conrad Reed found a 17 pound gold nugget (more like small boulder!) while playing in Meadow Creek. For three years, the nugget was used as a doorstop – because the family didn’t know what they had. Keep reading to learn what happened to the nugget and how that same family eventually opened the first gold mine in North Carolina – which you can still visit and pan for gold today.

The mine is open year-round each Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. Self-guided, underground tours are available from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Learn more about this gold mine in North Carolina, here.

Address: Reed Gold Mine, 9621 Reed Mine Rd, Midland, NC 28107, USA