April 30, 2002
Walking around and looking at all of the mining equipment used while searching for precious metals and gems is interesting. Learning facts about the Crisson Stamp Mill is fun, too. But the main attraction for the kids is shaking a pan of mucky water, searching for the glitter of gold. If no nuggets show up, no fear! The gift shop will sell you plenty.
Essential Information:Phone: 706-864-6363Operating Hours: April-Oct. 10-6; Nov.-March 10-5
The Consolidated Gold Mine is also in Dahlonega. There you can walk below ground and tour a mine. That number is 706-864-8473.
After you've had your fill with panning, scrounge up a great lunch at the Smith House. It's located at 84 S. Chestatee Street, 706-867-7000. My son loved the good Southern cooking served family style there. He even ate his vegetables. I always forget they taste better when cooked with a bit of fat, just like my grandmother used to do it.
From journal Atlanta with the Family