We visited Crisson Gold Mine, a real working gold mine, while we were visiting the Dahlonega area. The Crissons were very hospitable hosts. We panned for gold and screened gravel for gem stones. Mr. Crisson instructed us in the panning technique and sure enough we found several gold flakes and a small gold nugget at the end of the process. We also found several gem stones which Mr. Crisson identified for us. We also went on the wagon ride around their property. The wagon was drawn by a tractor which easily maneuvered several steep hills. The tour took us past a moonshiner's 1940's vintage car, vintage farm implements, farm animals and ended at a gold ore processor. I personally was intrigued by the stamping machine which crushes quartz into gravel so the gold may be extracted.
The gift shop is large, clean and well stocked with not only gifts, gold ore, and gold mining implements but jewelry with gold nuggets which were mined on site. Mrs. Crisson, who manages the gift shop is delightful and very knowledgeable. Our daughter, a special needs adult, took most of an hour to decide what to purchase in the gift shop so please add very patient to Mrs. Crisson's attributes. If we visit Dahlonega again Crisson's Gold Mine will definitely be one of our stops.
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