Reed Gold Mine Teacher's Guide


Thank you for considering a visit to Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site. The Reed Mine was the site of the first documented discovery of gold in the United States, leading to a vast gold mining industry in North Carolina. With the challenges today faced by schools and parents teaching from home, Reed has begun a process to provide educational materials related to this site but also gold mining across the state. 

The recently updated Teacher’s Guide showcases the history of John Reed, the Reed Gold Mine, and basic gold mining technology through several sections, including Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Technology. Each section meets several pertinent North Carolina Essential Standards and contains both information and educational activities.

To aid educators, the entire Teacher's Guide can be downloaded as one document or the sections shown as individually downloadable files, which are designed to be used independently of other sections if preferred.

While this information is useful for in class or in-home instruction, the staff at Reed Gold Mine invites you to schedule your class for a field trip to experience the fun and excitement of the mine and panning area in person. Information to schedule a trip is on the Group Reservations page of the website.