Calendar of Events


August  12, 2006                                                             NC Open Gold Panning Competition

Participants test their speed-panning skills. Prizes are awarded to the top three winners in Adult and Junior Divisions. Registration begins at 9:00 am. Competition begins at 12:00 p.m.  Fee for participants only.  No charge for other activities. 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.


October  20, 21, 27, & 28, 2006                “The Bloody Reign of Mad Miner”

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


December  2, 2006                                                          A Christmas Celebration

Come enjoy a holiday “open house” with demonstration of  18th–21st century lifestyles and crafts. The Visitor Center, mine tunnels, and Stamp Mill will be decorated. Guided underground tours, Stamp Mill tours and refreshments will be offered. The event is free and open to the public. 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


March 7, 2007                                                               Polk–Reed Regional History Bowl

Area eighth graders compete in a Jeopardy-style quiz bowl on the subjects of North Carolina history and geography. In this single elimination tournament the winner advances to the state championship History Bowl in May. The 2007 Regional Bowl takes place at James K. Polk Memorial State Historic Site in Pineville. Free and open to public.  9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.


April 24 & 25, 2007                                                            Carolina Heritage Festival

During this two-day event, fourth grade students and their teachers will 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 2007 (Dates TBA)                                                 Junior Prospectors Day Camp

This one-day summer program for children ages 9–11 will give participants an opportunity to learn more about Reed Gold Mine and the North Carolina gold rush. Campers will experience what life would 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 Kim Tweedy at (704)721-GOLD. 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.