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
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
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.