• "Great American Main Street Award® Winner"
    - National Main Street Center, Inc. 2016
  • "The South's Best Small Towns 2017"
    - Southern Living Magazine 2017
  • "4th Best Summer Weekend Escape"
    - USA Today Travel 2014

  • "4th Best Underground Attraction"
    - USA Today 2016 - Consolidated Gold Mine
  • "Best Wine Town Runner Up, Southern Dream Towns"
    - Garden & Gun Magazine 2012
  • "10th Best Historic Small Town"
    - USA Today 2016
  • "10th Best Course You Can Play in Georgia - Achasta"
    - Golfweek Magazine
  • "Dahlonega: Small-town Escape"
    - Southern Living Magazine 2012
  • "Wine Tasting Room Capital of Georgia"
    - Georgia's State Senate Resolution 2015

  • "National Main Street City"
    - National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • "Official Appalachian Trail Community"
    - Appalachian Trail Conservancy 2010
  • "Georgia's Premier Sports Cycling Community"
    - Georgia General Assembly Resolution 2005
  • "Site of First Major U.S. Gold Rush"
    - Thousands of Miners, 1829-1849

Long Mountain Living History Center

Long Mountain Living History Center


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I often get asked why people here should care about the mid 18th century in New England here in the mountains of North Georgia. There are multiple answers. However, the main reason is to demonstrate the events leading up to and during The French/Indian war, which many call the first, first world war. More importantly for this region is the impact that the treaties that followed the war had. The lives of the Cherokee, Creek, and other nations were turned upside down.
Empires crumbled here.
After the war, the Iroquois were given treaty rights to pass through the Shawnee lands in Pennsylvania unmolested. The Iroquois ''opened up'' the Appalachian Trail raiding Cherokee then Creek settlements, killing the men and selling the women and children to slavers in Charleston and Savannah. Large areas of land were depopulated for two generations. The void was later filled by people from displaced civilizations who were called the Seminole.
This often untold story belongs to all of us here, so it is fitting that we tell it.


  • Living history museums allow us to understand history by interaction instead of just reading.
  • There will be a recreation of Bedford NH, 1774 to interperet Colonial craft.
  • The Cherokee settlement will interpret daily life in mid 18th century.
  • The 18th century farmstead will consist of a cabin, a barn, a small workshop, and stump dotted fields.
  • The French and Indian War changed North Georgia in amazing ways.


This is our story, the story of here, before the gold.
Duke and Dan are always ready to work.
Log cabin building class.
Our outreach program brings us to you. The blacksmith is always a favorite of the crowd.
Our blacksmith offers many items and puts on a great show!
Winter adds her own magic. Our Christmas season is a community favorite.

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Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber & Visitors Bureau  |  13 South Park Street  |  Dahlonega, GA 30533  |  (706) 864-3711 or (800) 231-5543.