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On August 1, 1829, Gold had been discovered in Georgia. Several years later, the General Assembly changed the name of Licklog, the county seat of present-day Lumpkin County, the epicenter of the Georgia gold rush, to Dahlonega—similar to the Cherokee word for gold.
The 80-minute treatment, in a quiet room that smells blissfully of lemon and eucalyptus, begins with a cleansing and exfoliating process featuring steam, rose water, toners, washes, and lotions from Jurlique.
Digger Don disappears beneath the surface of the water, where it courses seven feet deep, to guide the three-inch nozzle of his dredge over the crenulations of quartz and granite, burrowing through silt and sand toward the hard-packed bedrock in Tesnatee Creek, a storied destination on geological maps of the "Gold Belt" arcing across northeast Georgia.