Dahlonega Gold Museum Open House
Twenty years before the 1849 gold rush in California, thousands of prospectors flocked into the Cherokee Nation in north Georgia, marking the true beginning of our country’s first gold rush. The Dahlonega Gold museum is housed inside the 1836 Lumpkin County Courthouse, one of the oldest courthouse buildings in Georgia. Today, visitors can see a complete set of rare coins from the Dahlonega mint; a nugget weighing more than five ounces; a large hydraulic cannon and nozzle used to blast soil from mountainsides. The newly renovated museum allows visitors to explore the courthouse features, including beautiful wooden chapel seats from 1889 and the judge’s chambers, and view a film on the history of Dahlonega.