Spring means festivals

by Chris Worick Categories // Festivals & Events

Spring means festivals

Can you feel it?  The last attempts by Mother Nature to thwart the inevitable arrival of Spring is in the air. Trees around Dahlonega are beginning to bud and the daffodils are out in force. As our neighbors to the north still contend with snow and cold, we in Lumpkin County  turn our attention to getting outdoors.  The warmer weather brings not only a sigh of relief from the months of wearing extra layers of clothing, but also a variety of activities which brings people together.

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 old Dahlonega JailThe 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.

About the Author

Chris Worick

Chris Worick

Chris Worick has lived in Dahlonega since 2001 and spends much of his free time researching the history of Lumpkin County and the 1829 Gold Rush. Chris is an active member of the Lumpkin County Historical Society and regularly writes articles of historical interest for the Dahlonega Nugget.

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