Dahlonega is a city in and the county seat of Lumpkin County, Georgia, United States As of the2010 census, the city had a population of 5,242.
Dahlonega is located at the north end of Georgia 400, which connects Atlanta to many affluentsuburbs to the north. It is consistently named as a best place to retire by many different publications due to its low cost of living, vibrant activities, continuing education for seniors, festivals, and beautiful setting.
In 1828 Dahlonega was the site of the first major gold rush in the United States. The Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site stands in the middle of the town square, housed in the old Lumpkin County Courthouse built in 1836. From its steps in 1849, Dahlonega Mint assayor Dr. M. F. Stephenson tried to persuade miners to stay in Dahlonega instead of joining the California Gold Rush, saying, "There's millions in it," famously misquoted as "There's gold in them thar hills." Corey Smith wrote a song about the town of Dahlonega. It is the first track on his second album In the Mood. Dahlonega is home to a campus location of the University of North Georgia.
|Dahlonega, Georgia, USA|
|Nickname(s): Gold City|
Location in Lumpkin County and the state of Georgia
In recent years, Dahlonega and Lumpkin County have been recognized as "the heart of the North Georgia Wine Country". The county features five vineyards and wineries that attract many tourists. The historic Dahlonega Square is also a popular tourist destination, with gift shops, restaurants, art galleries and artists' studios. The city's local festivals draw many tourists. "Bear on the Square", an annual three-day festival held the third weekend in April, marks the day that a black bear wandered onto the square. It features bluegrass and old-time music. "Gold Rush Days", an annual two-day event the third weekend in October, attracts over 200,000 people.
Dahlonega is home to the Holly Theatre (Dahlonga, Georgia).
Dahlonega is located at (34.5305, −83.9847).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.4 square miles (17 km2), all of it land.