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About 20 years before the Gold Rush in California, the Georgia Gold Rush started in Dahlonega. The city was named for the Cherokee word Dalonige meaning “yellow” or “gold.” Shortly after the gold mining started in the area, the United States Mint opened a branch mint on the city in 1838 that only minted gold coins. The Dahlonega Mint was not reopened after the Civil War so with the limited number of coins in circulation, surviving coins are highly sought out by collectors.
At the Consolidated Gold Mining Company, you can take an underground tour of a gold mine, pan for some gold to take home, and go mining for some precious gemstones. If you find a gemstone while panning, you can take it to the gem studio for shaping. For those that come up empty handed, you can still enjoy watching the gem craftsmen at work.
- Go kayaking at Chestatee River Adventures
- Pick a bushel of apples at Hillcrest Orchards
- Take in the beauty at Amicalola Falls
- Watch a great band at the Crimson Moon