City of Dahlonega
|Address||465 Riley Road
Dahlonega, Georgia 30533
County Seat of Lumpkin County.
The City of Dahlonega, pronounced “Dah-lahn-e-ga”, was originally incorporated as Talonega in 1833. The city, located in Lumpkin County, was a gold mining region and was the site of one of the first gold rushes in the 1820s. The gold had been discovered on Cherokee land in North Georgia, and the Native Americans were forced to leave their home and live on reservations.
The name “Dahlonega” is Cherokee for “golden color” or “yellow money”. The city still has places where visitors can recreationally pan for gold. The Dahlonega Gold Museum, the states oldest public building, is housed in the old Lumpkin County courthouse located in the center of Dahlonega’s town square, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Dahlonega participates in the Better Hometown Program run by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. This community development program is a public-private partnership intended to revitalize small communities with populations between 1,000 and 5,000. These cities have access to technical assistance and fiscal resources designed to stimulate downtown revitalization.
According to 2000 Census, the City of Dahlonega had a population of 3,638 persons. Between 1990 and 2000, the city experienced a population increase of 17.9%, compared to the state growth during this period of 26.4%.