The Haile Gold Mine was once the largest gold mine in the Southeast, covering 1,800 acres. It was one of 13 mines in Lancaster County and one of the state's 130 mines.
Mining operations at Haile Gold Mine started with the panning method, moved to small open pit, larger open pit and then went underground. The final phase used the large open pit method. A crude gold/silver mixture called "dore" was shipped from the mine.
Col. Benjamin Haile was the first to discover gold at the site. It was found in Ledbetter Creek near a grist mill on his plantation in 1827.
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