Reed Gold Mine - More Than A Woman

Event Description

America’s first documented discovery of gold in 1799 celebrates Conrad Reed, who found the gold nugget, and his father John Reed, who developed the mine. No notice is given to the role of his mother, Sarah Kaiser Reed, or other women in the area during the gold rush.

Sarah Kiser Reed, the wife of John Reed, played an unsung role in the history of Reed Gold Mine and helped change her family’s fortunes. Although there are precious few documents about Sarah, information about her life can be extrapolated from the lives of other women during her lifetime. The presentations will share what is known about her and a brief overview of what life was like for other North Carolinian women during her lifetime. Special attention will also be paid to the women who worked in gold mining, which included free and enslaved women.