The Georgia Trust

Preservation Stikes Gold

On Sunday relax with friends over a delicious brunch at Hardman Farm, followed by an exclusive tour of the beautifully restored homestead located in the Sautee-Nacoochee Valley.
Image by Diane Kirkland

Go on an underground adventure and strike it rich at Dahlonega's Consolidated Gold Mine, one of the area's oldest mines.

Visit the picturesque campus of North Georgia College and State University.
Image by Jack Anthony

Georgia Trust members at the $225 Heritage Contributor level and up will enjoy a private reception at the 1860 Vickery House, the site of the Georgia Appalachian Studies Center.

The Georgia Trust Fall Ramble
October 7-9, 2011
Dahlonega, Georgia

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Join us in the heart of the North Georgia Mountains as "Preservation Strikes Gold!"

Friday Ramble – Historic Town Square and Beyond
Begin the weekend with a picturesque drive to the North Georgia Mountains. On your way to Dahlonega, stop by the historic 1830’s Lumpkin Campground, where you’ll tour rustic cabins (“tents”) that are still used by church members each summer. Stroll around the downtown square, visiting unique historic shops and several nearby homes. Head out to your choice of excursions – a gold mine or winery – as described below.

Friday Evening Ramble & Dinner – North Georgia College & State University
Discover the historic beauty of North Georgia College and State University, then enjoy dinner at the gorgeous new Dining Hall, which features a sweeping view of the campus and surrounding mountains. Enjoy a spirited performance by the Cadet Patriot Choir and a presentation from the cadet color guard.

Saturday Morning Welcome and Orientation – Holly Theater

Enjoy breakfast at Corkscrew Café - don’t forget to check out their historic jail!  Then walk next door for an orientation at the historic Holly Theater, an Art Deco gem.  You’ll learn about Dahlonega’s history and historic preservation efforts from local experts.

Saturday Ramble– South Park Street and Beyond

After orientation, you can stroll through the square to the historic private homes of South Park Street.  Lunch will be served on the grounds of Seven Oaks, an exquisite 1875 private home offering small group tours of its fabulous folk art collection and weaving studio.  Later that afternoon, head out to your choice of excursions – a gold mine or winery – as described below.

Saturday Evening Cocktails and Dinner – Market Place, Historic Town Square
Saturday evening we’ll dine downtown at Market Place, a three-story storefront built in 1883 by a local mine engineer and originally used as a merchandise company. If you're up for some night life after dinner, Dahlonega's square comes alive. From musical theatre at the Holly to acoustic performers at a local pub, coffeehouse or micro-brewery, you'll have a choice of entertainment options. 

Sunday Morning Brunch and Ramble – Hardman Farm
Relax with friends new and old over a delicious brunch at Hardman Farm, nestled in the picturesque Sautee-Nacoochee Valley and winner of The Georgia Trust’s 2011 Marguerite Williams Award.  Situated on 170 acres containing 23 structures, the farm is not yet open to the public as it undergoes a “green” restoration that keeps its historic nature intact.

Into the Hills: additional excursions just outside the town square
Attendees who register for the full weekend may choose two nearby excursions to enjoy during the Friday and Saturday Rambles. Single-day ramblers may select one excursion.

Consolidated Gold Mine – Go on an underground adventure and explore a historic gold mine led by actual miners.  You may strike it rich as you learn how to pan gold from World Class instructors. Remember, there is still “gold in them thar Hills.”
NOTE: This is a walking tour that includes three flights of stairs and two steep ramps. Tennis shoes are recommended and closed-toed shoes are a must!

Crisson Gold Mine – See the only working Stampmill in Georgia, which is more than 125 years old.  The excursion includes gold panning, a wagon ride through the property and a guided tour of the stampmill.
NOTE: This mine may be better suited for Ramblers with mobility issues.

Wolf Mountain Vineyards – Learn about the art or winemaking at an award-winning local winery and enjoy a tasting flight featuring eight estate wines, all while taking in majestic views of the vineyards and surrounding mountains.

For more information, contact the Trust’s Special Events Department at 404-885-7812 or


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