With the furlough and shut down of National Parks, perhaps more people will take the opportunity to visit state run museums and Parks.
Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
$ 6.00, Adults
$ 5.50, Seniors (62+)
$ 3.50, Youth (6–17)
$ 1.00, Child (under 6)
The first gold rush in the United States was located in this area of the North Georgia Mountains near the current ghost town of Auraria (you can guess why they community was named Auraria, can’t you) not far from Dahlonega
If you want to learn about the 1829 Gold Rush, I suggest that you visit the Dahlonega Gold Musuem and, also, that you read David Williams book, The Georgia Gold Rush: Twenty-Niners, Cherokees, and Gold Fever [University of South Carolina Press, 1993]. You can also download a PDF copy of a Coulter’s Auraria: The Story of a Georgia Gold-Mining Town [University of Georgia Press, 1956].
On Monday, I took a friend from the UK to visit the Dahlonega Gold Museum.
Following our museum visit we had lunch on the square and then headed off to visit the only working gold mine in the area and to try our hand at panning for gold. Below are a few images of some of the old equipment used in mining process.
What a wonderful day!
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 Some will argue that the first gold rush was actually in area of Villa Rica in present day Carroll County, Georgia.