Dr. Witherspoon's program will show the science behind how Dahlonega's gold belt was created from its beginnings with volcanic activity to the settling of nuggets in streams. Insights borrowed from historians show how Georgia's Gold Rush fostered its industry and helped give it a different character than other neighboring states. Bill Witherspoon, a noted geologist who is retired from the Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta, has co-authored the book "Roadside Geology of Georgia," now in its second printing. Copies of Dr. Witherspoon's book will be available for purchase and signing upon the conclusion of the program.
This program will consist of two parts.
Part one, we will meet at the Yahoola Creek Park tennis courts [map] parking lot at 5:30 pm. From there, the group will hike up to the open quarry on top of the hill where the exposed rock face will be explained in geologic terms by Dr. Witherspoon. In case of inclement weather, the outdoor portion of the program will be cancelled and the program will begin at 7 pm.
Part two of the program will begin at 7 pm in the Dahlonega Community House [map].
We welcome Dr. Witherspoon to Dahlonega once again, and the public is invited to attend this exciting program
This will be a joint meeting with the Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild.