Did you know before the California gold rush, North Carolina and Cabarrus County were some of the go-to places to mine gold? The 1850s were prime time for Cabarrus County’s Reed Gold Mine. Gold was first discovered in North Carolina in 1799 in Little Meadow Creek. Conrad Reed was fishing in the creek when he found a 17-pound gold nugget. And the rest as they say was history. And on March 19th you’ll have a chance to experience what life was like at that time as Reed Gold Mine celebrates Gold Rush Day. Historic interpreters at Reed Gold Mine, Saturday, March 19, will recall that time.
The experience will be led by historic interpreters, who will highlight the 1850s-mining era. Demonstrations will include surface and underground mining, hands-on mining activities, and more from costumed interpreters. Visitors will see how miners would sift through dirt and find large nuggets on the surface. You’ll also see more strenuous mining such as how blasting holes were drilled and how gold-bearing quartz rock was removed.
The event will take place on Saturday, March 19th from 10:00 am-4:00 pm.
Admission for adults is $5 and $4 for ages 3 to 12. Guests aged two and younger are free.
Get more info on Reed Gold Mine and Carolina Gold Rush Day here
Gallery: Reed Gold Mine