Peek into pirate life on this week's episode of the CTW
March 3, 2014 -- In 1799, young Conrad Reed found a large shimmering rock in the creek on his family’s property. Years later, they learned the rock was a 17-pound gold nugget. From this discovery, gold mining spread gradually to nearby counties and eventually into other southern states. During its peak years gold mining was second only to farming in the number of North Carolinians it employed.
Reed’s Goldmine is currently featuring additional treasure. But this isn’t any ordinary treasure; it’s from a pirate ship that ran aground nearly 300 years ago. The Queen Anne’s Revenge ran aground near Beaufort in 1718. It is only in the past few years that artifacts have been raised from the depths of the ocean and are now traveling the state. Reed Gold Mine will host this incredible exhibit through April 5. The exhibit is free and open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Blackbeard’s Queen’s Anne’s Revenge features real items from the shipwreck of Blackbeard the Pirate. The exhibit displays artifacts that represent weaponry, nautical tools and personal items. Items range from what one would expect on a pirate ship, such as cannonballs, lead shot, gun flint, and spikes, while others represent normal life, such as dinner plates and smoking pipes.
The exhibit includes several display cases showing artifacts removed from the ship, and fish tanks showing how secretions are removed from the artifacts. As part of the exhibit, children can participate in scavenger hunts to help understand more about Blackbeard and pirates off the North Carolina Coast.
For more information about the Queen Anne’s Revenge: 1719 display, featured at Reed Gold Mine through April 5, call 704-721-4653 or visit www.nchistoricsites.org/reed
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- Senior Games Social and Clinic, March 7, Concord Senior Center
- 411 Altered Books, March 8, Concord Library
- Mystery Hunt and Tour, March 11, departs 280 Concord Parkway South, Concord
- The Sneaky Chef: Simple Secrets to get your Kids Eating Healthy, March 10, Health Alliance Kitchen
- Senior Health & Wellness Day, March 12, Cabarrus Arena
- Adult Softball Signup, Cabarrus Active Living and Parks
- Beginning Vegetable Workshop, March 15, Elma C Lomax Farm
- NY Export: Opus Jazz Film Screening, March 13, Davis Theatre
- Concord on Canvas, March 14, Hotel Concord
- Trout Fishing in America Concert, March 15, Davis Theatre
- Quest for the Code, March 15, Cabarrus Arena
- Luck of the Irish Disc Golf Tournament, March 15, North Cabarrus Park
- The Wisdom of Eve, March 16, Davis Theatre
- Department of Human Services Community Forum, March 20, United Methodist Church
- Parks and Recreation Forums, March 7, Concord Senior Center and March 11, Midland Town Hall
- CO Detectors, Kannapolis Fire Department, call for details
- Kannapolis Citizens Academy, March-April, various locations