Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, Hargrett galleries

Gold-digging in Georgia: America's First Gold Rush shares the history of north Georgia from the late 1820s until the Civil War as America’s first major gold rush. This antebellum Appalachian gold rush served as one of the many southern paths to industrialism.

Featuring the Reed Creek Collection of Dahlonega Mint Coins—a complete set of Dahlonega—this exhibit uses maps, rare books, letters, photographs, and artifacts to illustrate Georgia's gold mining history. Support for this exhibit was provided by the James W. Woodruff, Sr. Center for the Natural History of Georgia and the Stephen E. Draper Center and Archives for the Study of Water Law and Policy.