Family outing: A Golden Christmas at Reed Gold Mine

Take the family on a holiday adventure at an historic gold mine. During your candlelight tour of the Reed Gold Mine, you will learn its history as well as a few tidbits of Christmas traditions. Plus, your kids can participant in hands-on activities, watch artisans ply their craft, and go on a hayride. It’s a great place to enjoy some holiday cheer with a little history added in.

When:Saturday, December 3

9 am to 5 pm

Who: Every member of your family

Where: 9621 Reed Mine Road, Midland, NC

(Approximately 30 minutes outside of Charlotte)

Cost:$4 for adults, $2 for children; includes hayride and candle lit mine tour

Activities: Play with historic toys, games and puzzles. Activities include quilting, woodworking, blacksmithing, spinning, and basket weaving. Watch demonstrations by vendors, artisans, and craftsmen. Most of the activities are located inside the museum. Afterwards, you can roam through the woods on a few hiking trails.

Fun Fact: Reed Gold Mine is the site of the first documented gold find in the United States. Your family can learn about John Reed who bought this property for farming. It was only after visit from a jeweler that he learned he was sitting on a gold mine. You can also learn about this fascinating time in North Carolina. Today, the mine is a national historic landmark, which is open to the public.

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