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 Dahlonega's Gold by Anne Amerson, 2015
$25  [includes shipping and tax]     ISBN 978-0-692-45034-5

ANNE AMERSON’S HISTORICAL NOVEL DAHLONEGA’S GOLD NOW REPUBLISHED  

Most historical novels contain a disclaimer noting that “Names, characters, places, and incidents are the products of the author’s imagination” and “Any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.” No such notice will be found in Anne Amerson’s historical novel, Dahlonega’s Gold. Except for the fictional main characters, most of the characters who appear in the book were real people who experienced the actual events that are portrayed. They not only lived what we now call “history;” they helped create it.  

The story begins with the Georgia gold rush, and the theme of gold is woven throughout the narrative. Other threads tell of events and places as far away as the California gold rush and as national as the Civil War but always with ties back to Dahlonega. The reader soon discovers that Dahlonega’s Gold is much more than just a story about a place called Dahlonega and the gold rush that took place there in the 1830s. 

Dahlonega’s Gold was first published in 2008, and due to popular demand has now been republished by Chestatee Publications.  The artwork on the cover of the book was painted by acclaimed north Georgia artist John Kollock and sets the tone of the story with its historically accurate portrayal of main character Keziah Cochran standing beside a stream, holding a wooden bucket.  Her husband Fate is shown panning for gold in the background against a backdrop of blue-green mountains.

Dahlonega’s Gold has been described as “an intriguing walk through time, well written, while maintaining precise historical integrity.” The book  continues the rich tradition of history through story-telling  that many have enjoyed in Amerson’s popular  I Remember Dahlonega books and articles.

To order copies of Dahlonega’s Gold, send a check for $25 to Chestatee Publications at 689 North Chestatee Street, Dahlonega, GA 30533. For further information, send an email to: Anne Amerson 
 
Posted July 2015
 
 

HISTORY OF LUMPKIN COUNTY FOR THE FIRST HUNDRED YEARS 1832-1932
by Andrew Cain
$50  ISBN: 978-0-87152-277-1  Print on Demand Edition 2014

THE OFFICIAL EARLY HISTORY OF LUMPKIN COUNTY 

This book traces the early history of Lumpkin County covering the economic and social impact of the gold discovery, and then details the general history of the county up to 1932. A general account of the original inhabitants, the Cherokee Indians, is followed by a description of the "period of Intrusion," when Indians, the Federal Government, Georgia, and individual settlers competed with each other for land in the area.  Chapters deal with the earliest settlement in Auraria and the county seat, Dahlonega. The U.S. Branch Mint at Dahlonega is discussed. Lists include muster rolls of over 750 Civil War veterans and all World War I soldiers. The book closes with a chronological listing of approximately 3500 marriages in the county from 1863 to 1932. A name index was compiled for this reprint edition.

Andrew W. Cain was born in the Porter Springs area of Lumpkin County on August 30, 1874 to Jacob and Rebecca Turner Cain.   He  graduated with honors from North Georgia College in 1898. Upon graduation, Cain taught in Georgia for two years  and them moved to Texas where he went on to serve as a principal in Grapeland. It was here he met and married Nancy Woodard.

In 1907, the Cain's moved to the Philippines to answer the call for teachers. There he earned a Masters of Art from the University of Philippines. Returning to the US in 1919 he took several graduate courses from various universities including the University of Georgia and Columbia University. In 1920, Cain took a history professorship at North Georgia College. While teaching at North Georgia College, Cain wrote several books including History of Spanish Normal School, Methods for Young Teachers, Philippine Government, and The History of Lumpkin County.

Cain had two children, Agnes who died at birth and Andrew W. Cain, Jr.  On November 8, 1953, Cain passed at the age of 79 at his home in Dahlonega.


This, along with many other fine local historical books, may  be purchased directly at the Dahlonega Gold Museum.

530 pages

Posted July 2015


 Dawson County, Georgia,  A History by Faye B. Bruce, Pat D. Floyd and Peggy T. Hulsey, 2015
$43 [ includes shipping and tax] ISBN 978-1-940395-83-8

THE OFFICIAL HISTORY OF DAWSON COUNTY, GEORGIA 

Authorized by the Dawson County Board of Commissioners this is the official history of the county. The book, which brings together official records, work by earlier researchers and memories - both written and oral, covers Dawson County before it was formed until the present time. Hundreds of pictures, many colored, illustrate the history of the county.

The book is available at the Dawson County Public Library, 342 Allen Street, Dawsonville, GA 30534, and by appointment [call 706-265-3985] at the Dawson County Historical and Genealogical Society inside the Historical Courthouse, Dawsonville, GA 30534. Books may be ordered by mail from the Society at P.O. Box 1074, Dawsonville, GA 30534 or by email.
 
Posted July 2015
 
 
 
 
 

Commemorative Diving Bell Gold Mug, 10 oz.
$8 



THE OFFICIAL DIVING BELL MUG

This mug has the Diving Bell logo on the front and Historical Society logo on the back.  It was designed and first released at the Diving Bell opening ceremony.




Posted July 2015

 
 
 


 
Commemorative Diving Bell Maroon Mug, 10 oz.
$8 



THE OFFICIAL DIVING BELL MUG

This mug has the Diving Bell logo on the front and Historical Society logo on the back.  It was designed and first released at the Diving Bell opening ceremony.



Posted July 2015

 

 
 
 
 

 
The Hand Ditch of Lumpkin County, Georgia by Thomas H.Gresham, 2002
$6



A REPORT ON THE MASSIVE 19th CENTURY AQUEDUCT

The 14 mile long Hand Ditch is an aqueduct, or ditch, constructed to provide water to the gold mines near Dahlonega.  The water from this massive engineering undertaking  was first used to operate powerful water cannons that washed entire hillsides down into sluices as a means of gold extraction.  The ditch is a dramatic,vital and under appreciated aspect of gold mining.

This report, commissioned by the Corps of Engineers prior to Camp Merrill's construction of off-base housing, covers the history of the Hand Ditch, gold mining techniques in Lumpkin County and the Ditch today.

44 pages


Posted July 2015
 

 

 
North Georgia College in 1903 by Faye Cunningham Anderson
$35



ARTIST SIGNED AND NUMBERED LIMITED EDITION PRINT

This print shows North Georgia College as it appeared in 1903.  It measures 18x21 inches.


Posted July 2015

 
 



Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega by Sallie Sorohan, 2002
$10



THE HISTORY OF A MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL

When Gold Rush began it was a community affair. Everything was local - the displays, exhibits, parades and the booths. The idea was to promote and share Lumpkin County history with visitors, be a homecoming for prior residents and woo tourists. Today it involves people from all over the southeast.

The book details the start of Gold Rush Days from the 1950's and describes the event up to 2002. Also included is information on all the Gold Rush Kings and Queens during that period.

156 pages



Posted July 2015




 

 


 
Lumpkin County, Georgia Schools of Yesteryear by Mr. & Mrs. James C. Kidd and Dr. & Mrs. William D Bellamy, 2005
$10




AN HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF THE RURAL ONE-ROOM SCHOOLS, 1840's TO 1957

The gold rush brought mostly men to Lumpkin County who were beyond school age and looking to get get rich not an education. It was not until the families of miners, merchants and farmers arrived in the area that providing an education for children became a priority.  As a growing population settled in all corners of Lumpkin county small schools, often connected with community churches, were established.  This book covers that first effort to offer all children in the county the opportunity to receive a basic education regardless of means.  It describes almost all one room schools of that era and gives an insight into what it was like to teach and be taught in such schools.





88 pages


Posted July 2015





A Brief Timeline of Dahlonega's Golden History by Bob Whitfield

$8

KEY DATES THAT DEFINE DAHLONEGA'S HISTORY

Dahlonega and the State of Georgia have a rich history beginning in 1732 with the colony founded by James Oglethorpe in Savannah.  North Georgia slowly transitioned from a frontier bordering the Cherokee nation into settlements and homes established by Europeans pushing west.  The discovery of gold in 1828 escalated this push.  New towns were established and new counties defined.

Dahlonega became the center of gold mining activities, and the Federal government established a branch of the U.S. mint there.  For many years, the Cherokee negotiated with the Federal government but were slowly removed from their land. This ultimately ended with the final journey of the Trail of Tears in 1838.

The 22 key dates outlined in this booklet give a brief history of Georgia, especially as it relates to Dahlonega.

To order, send a check for $8.00 (includes shipping) to Bob Whitfield, 645 Alonzo Cain Road, Dahlonega, GA  30533.  For more information, please email Bob Whitfield .  The booklet may also be purchased directly at the Dahlonega Gold Museum.

Proceeds from the sale of this booklet benefit the Friends of the Dahlonega Gold Museum.

24 pages.

Posted July 2015



1871 Lumpkin County Jail Bond
$5


 
A HIGH QUALITY COPY OF THE ORIGINAL

Lumpkin County issued $100 coupon bonds to finance the construction of the 1874 Jail.  The bearer bond was issued at 7% interest on 2 October 1871.  This is an excellent quality copy of bond number 1 issued to W. P. Price and bears the signature of W. A. Burnside, the Ordinary of Lumpkin County.  The coupons are included at the bottom of the bond.

Own a replica of this piece of history.

Posted July 2015