Go Deep Inside America’s First Gold Mine On This One Of A Kind Tour In North Carolina

Not many people realize North Carolina was at the core of the great American gold rush. In fact, the very first documented gold mine was right here in The Tar Heel State. It all began in 1799 when young John Reed found a 17-pound gold nugget just lying among the rocks in a stream on his family farm in Cabarrus County. Unaware of what it was, the family used the pretty stone as a doorstop for the next three years.

What a fun and educational day trip for the family! Will your family strike it rich? There’s only one way to find out!

Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site is located at 9621 Reed Mine Rd., Midland, NC 28107. Gold panning is a seasonal activity and begins April 2, 2019. The cost is $3.21/person. Children under the age of eight can pan with a paying adult. Learn more on this page of the official website.

For another kind of treasure hunt, head to this massive antique mall in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina!