Author: Peggy Jackson Walls

Publisher, History Press.

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Golden Piedmont. From Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia to East Central Alabama

The Reed farm in Cabarrus County was the site of the first authenticated discovery of gold in North Carolina. In 1799, Conrad Reed, a 12-year-old boy found a 17-pound gold nugget, sparking neighbors' interest in  searching for gold in their own lands.​  

Georgia miners

In 1830 the first authenticated gold discovery in Alabama  was made by William Wyatt Bibb and his father-in-law Todd Robinson, in Chilton County, near where de Soto and his men may have passed in the 1540s. 

Artist Porte Crayon in Harper's New Monthly Magazine 15 (August 1857), 289.

​​​​Alabama's second Gold Rush happened at Goldville, remaining active from 1842 to 1848, when gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill in California.  Photo credit Charles Nesbit, Encyclopedia of Alabama

East Southern Piedmont 

Alabama Gold Belt 

First gold rushin Alabama in Cleburne County

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Publisher: the History Press, Charleston, S. C.



​Author: Peggy Jackson Walls