Pan for gold. Famously home to the nation’s first gold rush, which began in 1828, the town still has two mines—Crisson Gold Mine and Consolidated Gold Mines—where visitors can pan for themselves. Also check out the newly renovated Dahlonega Gold Museum on the town square.
Visit the General Store. From the aroma of roasted peanuts and barrels filled with cat’s-eye marbles to the gypsy fortune-teller booth, this old-school emporium is a fun dose of nostalgia.
Take in a show at the restored vintage Holly Theater. The 25th anniversary season features musicals, including the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Annie, and a Patsy Cline tribute.
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