Did you know that Gold was first discovered in the Dahlonega area in 1828, twenty years before the Gold Rush to California? When it was discovered it was completely by accident…Deer hunter, Benjamin Parks, tripped over a rock 2 ½ miles south of what is now Dahlonega, upon inspecting the rock, he discovered that it was full of gold!
Pan for gold, take a tour deep underground and see a real gold mine and learn the history of how Dahlonega became the site of the first major gold rush Open daily year round.
Dating back to 1847 is open for tours and gold panning and has something for everyone from amateurs to experts. Here you can pan for gold or gems, view the mine and grounds by wagon ride or purchase equipment to start your own mine! Located 2 1/2 miles north of town on US Highway 19 Connector. This operating 10-stamp mill is demonstrated as part of the Crisson Gold Mine Tour. Pan for gold or try you luck at gem grubbin, where you can find rubies, emeralds, garnets, and more! Great fun for the kids, you and old. Open every day except Christmas.
In addition to our fresh crushed ore, we also sell “high grade” concentrated gold ore. This is probably the easiest way to find gold because you find a lot of gold with very little effort. We have a 15-gallon to one concentrate, a 30-gallon to one concentrate, and a 75-gallon to one concentrate. The high grade gold ore can be shipped to you. Please call for current prices and shipping charges.
Twenty years before the 1849 gold rush to California, thousands of gold seekers flocked into the Cherokee Nation in North Georgia, beginning the nation’s first major gold rush. The towns of Auraria and Dahlonega grew and prospered with this mining activity. Between 1838 and 1861, more than $6 million in gold was coined by the U.S. Branch Mint in Dahlonega.
The Dahlonega Gold Museum, (shown above) located in the old Lumpkin County Courthouse, offers visitors a look at the mining history of Georgia. Gold coins minted in Dahlonega and nuggets – one weighing more than 5 ounces – are on display. A 23-minute film describes the mining techniques and lifestyles of the prospectors through interviews with members of the long-time mining families. Tours available daily.