The 1875 Chestatee River Diving Bell

The 1875 Chestatee River Diving Bell is a unique and rare example of early American diving technology that has national significance. The purpose of this site is to serve as the official authoritative and fact based source for the Diving Bell located in Dahlonega, Georgia.

Here, the details of the craft's history are factually documented. Although a significant amount of information is now known about the purposes of this unusual artifact, much still remains a mystery.

We welcome you to discover how the Chestatee River Diving Bell was used to mine for gold in the mountains of North Georgia by exploring the articles below.

1. Introduction

An overview of the Diving Bell by Christopher Worick and Manuel Carvalho.

2. History

The Diving Bell in Lumpkin County History by Christopher Worick.

3. Biography

Discover the man behind the Diving Bell by William Waldrop.

4. The Works

How the Diving Bell operated by Manuel Carvalho.

5. A Personal View

Diving Bells Aren't Always Round by Anne Amerson.

6. Oral History

William H. Satterfield Worked on the Diving Bell Boat by Anne Amerson.

7. The Plaza

Where the Diving Bell is displayed. See it being built. By Manuel Carvalho

8. Unsung Heroes

The people behind the Diving Bell project by Anne Amerson and Robbie Niles

9. Meet the Authors


Plaza design is by Richard Owens, bell artistic concept is by Chris O'Reilly.

Official logo at the top of this page was created by Grant Searcey. No modifcations are allowed.

Document Control

Posted 1 April 2012 by Manny Carvalho.

April 5, 2012 added official logo.

July 4, 2012 added link to pavilion.

Dec 13, 2012 added plaza image, deleted proposed design and changed pavilion to plaza on item 7.

March 1, 2013 added link to article on the Unsung Heroes.

July 23, 2013 added the video introduction.