NC#7 Reed Gold Mine

1799, first documented discovery of gold in the United States

9621 Reed Gold Mine Rd.
Midland, NC



Coaster Card Answers

Question 1

A1: On a Sunday in 1799, Reed's son Conrad, while fishing with his siblings found a large shiny yellow rock in Little Meadow Creek on the family farm in Cabarrus County. He took it to show his parents, who did not recognize it as a gold nugget.

Question 2

A2: The rock was kept in the house for three years where it was used as a doorstop until taken to Fayetteville on a supply run. A jeweler supposedly determined it was gold and paid John Reed $3.50 for a gold nugget supposedly valued at $3,600.

Question 3

A3: Place some earth found in the bottom of a slow moving creek or stream into a shallow pan. Fill the pan in the water, remove from the stream, and begin shaking the pan back and forth . The light-weight materials will be washed away as you continue to shake the pan and wash away the mud layer on top. Eventually, a sandy layer will remain along with any gold. Due to the weight of gold, it will naturally settle into the bottom of the pan. By moving the sand in a circular direction in the pan, the gold will begin to separate, exposing the treasure.


Reed Gold Mine

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Larry Neal

Historic Site Manager


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