April 29 & 30, 2008    

Carolina Heritage Festival     

During this two-day event, fourth grade students and teachers view demonstrations designed to further their comprehension of North Carolina history and our state’s resources.  Group reservations for panning and underground tours are required.  Fee for panning. No charge for other activities. To make a reservation, call Susan Smith at (704) 721-GOLD. 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.


June 12-14, 2008

Second Annual North American First Gold Festival

Do not miss the only opportunity to see and hold, a real 2-lb gold nugget, an original piece of hiddenite, and a newspaper from 1803 announcing the discovery of gold on John Reed’s farm.  Also on hand will be gold mining consultants, prospecting professionals demonstrating modern and classic mining techniques.  A variety of craft and food vendors will also be available.  In conjunction with this event, Reed Gold Mine will offer its regular underground tours, stamp mill tours and panning for gold.  Fee for vendors and panning for gold, other activities are free.


June 14, 2008             

NC Open Gold Panning Competition

Participants test their speed-panning skills by looking for four pea-sized lead “nuggets” in 14-inch pans of sand. Judges inspect pans for cleanness and number of nuggets.  Ten seconds are added to the panners’ time for each lost “nugget”.  Prizes are awarded to the top three winners in Adult and Junior divisions. Adult division competitors are 15 years and up.  Junior division competitors are 14 years and under.  Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.  Practice sessions and day of event registration are from 9:00 am –11:30am.  Competition begins at 12:00 p.m. Fee for participants only. No charge for other activities. 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.


June 25, 2008

Junior Prospectors Day Camp

This one-day summer program for children ages 8–11 will give participants an opportunity to learn more about Reed Gold Mine and the North Carolina gold rush. Campers will experience what life might have been like for gold miners in the 1800s, try their skills at operating traditional placer mining equipment, design their own gold coins, and more. Pre-registration is required. $25 fee covers all materials and snacks. For more information, contact Carly Getson at (704)721-GOLD. 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.


October 24, 25, 31, 2008                    

“The Bloody Reign of the Mad Miner”

Featured attractions at the 26th annual Halloween event include a haunted mine, hayrides, ghost stories around a campfire, and performances by Chaz the Magician. $3.00 Donations are requested for haunted mine tours and hayrides. Concessions available for purchase.  7:00 P.M.–11:00 P.M


December  6, 2008                                             

A Golden Christmas

Come enjoy the only Christmas candlelight tour you can take in the daytime! The underground mine tunnels will be decorated for the holidays. Special holiday-themed tours tell how Christmas was celebrated over the years at Reed Gold Mine. Visitors may also tour the 1895 Stamp Mill. The celebration begins in the Visitor Center with crafts, historical demonstrations, holiday music and musical performances, and free refreshments. 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.











Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site



9621 Reed Mine Road

Midland, NC  28107

Phone:  (704) 721-4653

Fax:  (704) 721-4657
















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