Summer is almost here. Those looking for adventure, history and local flavor should plan a weekend getaway to Dahlonega. Located approximately 60 miles north of Atlanta, Dahlonega is a mountain town rich in history and charm.
There’s still gold to be found
History suggests Dahlonega was the location for the first gold rush in 1828, more than 20 years before gold was discovered in California. Thousands of men flooded north Georgia’s mountainous terrain looking to make a fortune in gold. In the early days of the gold rush, the area was so saturated with gold that one could simply walk along the banks of a creek and pluck small gold nuggets. For many, panning was the easiest method for finding gold. Ultimately, the gold had to be mined from the indigenous quartz rock. It was hard, backbreaking and dangerous work. Miners blasted