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All about Dahlonega
Welcome to Dahlongega
Dahlonega lies at the foothills of the Southern Appalachian Mountains in northern Georgia and just 70 miles north of Atlanta. The Cherokee and Creek Nations lived in the area for thousands of years before Europeans arrived. The name of the community comes from the Cherokee work “Dalonige,” which means gold or yellow. Benjamin Parks discovered gold while hunting in 1828. One year later, the community became the location of the first gold rush in the country. In recent years, the region gained recognition for the selection of vineyards and wineries. Former famous residents include Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, NASCAR driver Sara Christian and John Bell of the group Widespread Panic.
Activities and Attractions
The historic town square has virtually remained unchanged since the Victorian era and continues attracting visitors. In addition to dozens of shops, restaurants, art galleries and artist’s studios, the square provides the perfect location for various events and festivals held every year. Popular with thousands across the country, the two-day Gold Rush Days festival commemorates the town’s local heritage. The Dahlonega Gold Museum explores the mining days of the community. Exhibits and multi-media features explain the life of prospectors and their families.
Other historic places include the 1884 Lumpkin County Jail and Museum and the U.S. Army Ranger Camp Frank D. Merrill Museum. Guests are invited to take walking tours about the town. Specialized tours evolve around the Civil War and Gold, local stories and haunted locations. Guests have the chance to experience Appalachian culture by attending any of the concerts, informal music jams or theatrical performances held in the Holly Theater, at local bars/pubs or in one of the city parks. Outdoor lovers take advantage of the beautiful surroundings and venture to the nearby Chattahoochee National Forest. The wide range of activities enjoyed here include biking, hiking and horseback riding. The variety of water-based sports include canoeing, kayaking and swimming.
Community students attend pre-school, one of three elementary schools, the middle school and the high school. Dahlonega is the proud home of the The University of North Georgia, which also houses the Senior Military College of Georgia. The facility offers students the chance to earn undergraduate or graduate degrees in a long list of academic fields ranging from art to technology.
For a community having 5,000 residents, Dahlonega is well-served by the medical industry. Physicians at the local Chestatee Regional Hospital offer emergency care 24 hours everyday. The vast number of practices available to patients of all ages include allergists, cardiopulmonary specialists, radiology, oncology, orthopedics, surgical services, pharmaceutical services and hospice.
When needing specialized oral care, the Wilson Field dental facility has a team of practitioners having decades of experience. Dahlonega orthodontist Dr. Ron Wilson and his staff offer dental and orthodontic care to patients regardless of age. Besides providing compassionate, quality care, Dr. Wilson is a well-known orthodontist in Dahlonega. He established a patient’s reward program that encourages clients to strive for optimal oral health by offering contests, games and prizes. Whether needing a Dahlonega Invisalign consultation, suffer from TMJ or have other orthodontic concerns, patients get professional treatment at Wilson Field.