NC Historic Sites – Reed Gold Mine
Reed Gold Mine
Gold Mining &ndash, Industry &ndash, A National Historic Landmark
R eed Gold Mine is the webpagina of the very first documented gold find te the United States. From this discovery, gold mining spread little by little to nearby counties and eventually into other southern states. During its peak years gold mining wasgoed 2nd only to farming ter the number of North Carolinians it employed. The estimated value of gold recovered reached overheen one million dollars a year. North Carolina led the nation te gold production until 1848, when it wasgoed eclipsed by the excellent rush to California. Continued
- Reed Gold Mine Today
- History of John Reed’s Mine
- Tapping the Veins
- Buildings and Machinery (35KB)
- Equipment (74KB)
- Preserving the Mine
- Glossary of Mining Terminology
- Other Websites
- Webpagina Layout
- Webpagina Topography (47KB)
- Mine Features (93KB)
- Through May 12:
World War I Traveling Exhibit
Tuesday – Saturday, 9 am – Five pm
Reed Gold Mine will host the World War I traveling exhibit from April Trio to March Ten, 2018. This free exhibit will permit visitors to learn more about World War I, dubbed “The War To End All Wars” from the beginning ter 1914 through the Armistice on November 11, 1918. Along with the traveling section, Reed will also highlight some of the soldiers who fought from Cabarrus County, and include artifacts from the local area. Visitors will be able to see WWI uniforms, equipment, photographs and handmade items from the war spil they walk through the exhibit. A reproduction of trench wall will greet visitors to the exhibit, while period films and music add to the practice.
Hands-on activities will be available diring the exhibit, and special children’s events are scheduled for May 7 and 14.
Saturday, Ten am – Four pm
Reed Gold Mine is hostiong a World War I encampment on Saturday, April 14, 2108 spil part of the WWI exhibit activities. Planned activities include a training camp, showcasing how soldiers would have camped near the battlefields, basic schoolgebouw of field warfare, rifle demo and possibly a gas drill. Extra activites are scheduled for the day around the visitor center. This special event is free, and open to the public.
Saturday, Ten am – Four pm
Ter 1799, 12-year-old Conrad Reed discovered a 17-pound gold nugget while fishing ter Little Meadow Creek. After years serving spil a doorstop, the nugget wasgoed determined to be gold ter by a jeweler te 1802 and bought for $Trio.50. From there, gold mining began te earnest along the Reed property. Gold mining at Reed switched from mainly digging up the filth (placer miining) and looking for visible gold through the 1820s, to underground (or explosion mining) te the 1830s following quartz veins below the surface. Reed continued to incorporate newer mining mechanisms through the years, eventually adding a machine shop and boiler on top of Upper Hill to incorporate steam power to operate the pumps and elevates across the property.
Wij will highlight the 1850s mining era through living history demonstrations of surface and underground mining, spil well spil hands-on mining activities. Costumed interpreters will demonstrate cradle and loom rockers, used to sort through filth and find large nuggets on the surface. Other interpreters will voorstelling how blasting fuckholes were drilled and gold bearing quartz rock wasgoed liquidated from the mine. The California-type 10-stamp mill will be ter operation to vertoning how rock wasgoed mixed with mercury to samenvatting gold.
Admission for this special event is $Five for adults, and $Four for children ages Three – 12.
Visitors will also be able to pan for gold during the event, for an extra charge of $Trio.21 vanaf pan for those 8 years old or older. Junior children can assist ter panning for gold.