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DAHLONEGA - THE SITE OF THE FIRST GOLD RUSH IN AMERICA
Take a step back in time and shop the nostalgic historic district around the Square in downtown Dahlonega. The commercial district and the Square in Dahlonega, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Walk along quaint brick lined streets to discover treasures in stores located in historical buildings. Shop for antiques, books, gifts, arts and crafts, discover wine tasting of Georgia wines from local wineries, eat at unique eateries that serve country cooking to gourmet fare.This quaint historic town is the site of the first gold rush in America Dahlonega also features wineries, the arts, music and many festivals. Visit the old courthouse where the Georgia Gold museum is located. Take a romantic carriage ride through the historical town to experience the old town feel of downtown Dahlonega.
The first gold rush in the United States began in Dahlonega in 1828, twenty years before the California Gold Rush.
Excellent local wineries in Dahlonega can be visited and you can experience great wine tastings of award einning wines on a Georgia winery tour.
Plan to attend the special festivals in Dahlonega.
Bear in the Square - third weekend in April
Wildflower Festival - third weekend in May
Blue Grass Festival - third weekend in June
Gold Rush Days - third weekend in October
Old Fashioned Christmas - month of December
EXPERIENCE GOLD PANNING IN DAHLONEGA GEORGIA
Consolidated Gold Mine Dahlonega
Consolidated Gold Mine features gold panning and underground tours of a gold mine that was the very first site of the first gold rush in America. The gold mine is open 7 days a week.
Crisson Gold Mine Dahlonega
Visit 7 days a week to experience panning for gold and gems at Crisson Gold Mine.
Every year, the first weekend of December marks the beginning of the Olde Fashion Christmas celebration, which last the entire month of December.
Friday, November 30, the Square will be lit with hundreds of luminaries. The Kiwanis's sponsored event coincides with the Annual Gallery Walk, and the Merchant Open House. Merchants and galleries open their doors and welcome visitors and locals to enjoy music, refreshments, and the beautifully decorated public Square. The evening is highlighted with live entertainment when Emerald Rose performs their annual show at Cranberry Corners. Everyone is invited to participate in Olde Fashion Christmas. Even Santa Claus will be there! It's a great time to begin your holiday shopping and eat out in a great restaurant.
On Saturday December 1, the festivities begin with a parade around the Square, and we're expecting it to be a wonderful celebration of the arts, music, Santa and the Chestatee Wildlife Refuge animals.
After the parade, the Annual Lighting of the Square takes place. This is when the magic of Christmas goes into full swing in the historic town. Thousands of white lights are simultaneously set aglow and the official beginning of the Christmas season is set into motion. "Once you've been there, you will not ever want to miss Christmas in Dahlonega.
New last year! Ice skating at Hancock Park in Dahlonega begins November 17th. Holiday celebrations begin early in Dahlonega! This wonderful Georgia treasure of a town is known for its quaint and classic Olde Fashioned Christmas Celebration, and this year will be no different, only better. Dahlonega presents the 2nd Annual Ice Skating Rink in Hancock Park, just off the Public Square. The outdoor ice skating rink will open November 17 and stay open through February.
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