• Gold Museum
  • Smith House Mine
  • Home Slide Gold Panning
  • Consolidated
  • "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

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Smith House Mine  (706) 867-7000
   84 South Chestatee Street, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533

View “The Legend of the Smith House Mine!” In 1895 Captain Frank Hall, a Dahlonega businessman and entrepreneur began building a new home, storage area and office (for assaying gold, of course). According to legend, Hall struck gold - literally - as he was building the home.

Over 100 years later, Captain Hall's home is now The Smith House Historic Inn & Restaurant. On February 12, 2006, while preparing a concrete floor, a worker unexpectedly punched a hole into a mine shaft. The Smith House shaft had a vertical fall of twenty feet ending at a spot where two horizontal mine shafts came off - one in the direction of the Gold Museum. Local historian Anne Amerson called it a "truly remarkable find." Today the mine shaft opening is the centerpiece of an exciting exhibit that digs deep into the history of Dahlonega at the Smith House. The Smith House is also a world-famous, family-style dining establishment serving seven decades of tradition.

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