A Golden Christmas

Event Description

Take a candlelight tour during daylight hours at the Reed Gold Mine at “A Golden Christmas” celebration Saturday Dec. 7, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. See how miners in the early 1800’s would have celebrated the holidays and the Germanic origins of some holiday traditions that have lasted through today. The program will include demonstrations, locally produced crafts, refreshments from the Cabarrus County Extension and Community Association, and a hayride to Mansion Hill.

 

John Reed arrived in the area in 1782 as a Hessian deserter and found a familiar language and culture since many German families settled in Cabarrus County. Many of the miners shared this ancestry and the program will explore some of the social aspects of their lives. Cornish and Scotch Irish traditions also were prevalent and will be part of the program.

 

In addition to celebrating local history, local artisans will be featured. Visitors can support local craftsmen and shop for items including quilts, lace, toys, and other products. The hayride from the visitor center to Mansion Hill, where John Reed’s home and family cemetery were located will be offered again this year. Riders will have a chance to unload at Mansion Hill and see the graveyard and learn more about John Reed’s family. Combination tickets for the guided underground tour and hayrides are $2.00 for adults and children 3-12. Children under 3 are free.