Festivals, open air concerts, wine tastings and movies in the park, are just a few of the exciting events which draws both residents and visitors alike to Dahlonega. Kicking off this year's lineup of celebrations is the Dahlonega Literary Festival March 24th and 25th. Regional as well as local authors will be on hand to discuss some of their latest books and hold book signings. Workshops and forums for aspiring writers will be sponsored around town by the Lumpkin Literacy Coalition.
If books aren't your forte, then you might be interested in the Dahlonega Science Fair. Hosted by the University of North Georgia (UNG) and local business partners, the Dahlonega Science Fair is a kid friendly, hands on program which will feature a variety of subjects and guest speakers. Locations for the programs will take place around the downtown area.
Good news and bad news. Dahlonega is well known as the place where the Georgia Gold Rush began in 1829. Our most visited historic site is the old 1836 Lumpkin County Courthouse better known as the Dahlonega Gold Museum. Unfortunately the museum is currently undergoing some badly need renovations and will be closed until sometime in May. That's the bad news.
The good news is that if you're interested in history, the Lumpkin County Historical Society will have the 1884 Old Jail Museum open on Saturday, March 24th from 10 - 4. Here visitors can see how prisoners lived in this unusually designed jail which served Lumpkin County from 1884 - 1964. Photos, displays and artifacts within the museum reflect various aspects of life in Lumpkin County during the 19th and early 20th century. The Old Jail Museum is located at 75 Enota Street, a three minute walk from the Public Square.
With this many events happening in just one weekend, 2018 is sure to be a great year to visit and see what Dahlonega and Lumpkin County has to offer.