“Thars still Gold in them thar hills!”
Crisson Gold Mine is an actual open pit gold mine that was established in 1847 and was worked commercially until the early 1980s. We've been open to the public since 1969 and we are the oldest gold mining establishment in North Georgia. At Crisson Gold Mine, there is a 125-year-old stamp mill that is still used to crush quartz rock which contains gold. This crushed rock is called ore. In addition to the stamp mill, we have rod mills and jaw crushers that we occasionally use. All of these antique gold mining machines along with our open pit mine can be seen when you visit our gold mine. We sell our ore by the 5-gallon bucket. You can pan for the gold at our gold mine, or you can take the ore home with you. For our more serious gold miners, we have trommels for your use during your visit to Crisson Gold Mine. These machines are used to separate the gold from the sand at a much more efficient pace. Several buckets of ore can be finished in less than half the time it takes to pan them out. The use of the trommel is free when you purchase six (6) buckets of ore. This is a great mining experience. In addition to our fresh crushed ore, we also sell "high grade" concentrated gold ore. This is probably the easiest way to find gold because you find a lot of gold with very little effort. We have a 15-gallon to one concentrate, a 30-gallon to one concentrate, and a 75-gallon to one concentrate. The high grade gold ore can be shipped to you. Please call for current prices and shipping charges. Crisson Gold Mine also has Gem Stone grubbing. You can find rubies, emeralds, sapphires, crystals, amethysts, garnets, and many more. This dirt is from Franklin, North Carolina which is famous for its rubies and sapphires. There have been some very good quality gems found at our gold mine and some customers have taken them to be made into jewelry.
I learned how to pan for gold here! I was also appalled by the history given about this place - the gold rush actually started here. The gold rush in California was miners' second chance at finding gold and getting rich. Some bats were also spotted during my visit.
My family really enjoyed this stop on our long drive home from Disney World. I have a Kindergartener who is crazy about his rock collection, and the gem sluicing here was a perfect activity for him. We had four people who did the general admission package, and between us we found several rough rubies, aquamarine, amethyst, rose quartz, apatite, citrine, and several other rocks he was excited about. The gold panning was a little over the heads of my young kids. With little ones, I would recommend sticking to the gems.
See the only working Stamp Mill in Georgia – 130 years old. Tour the outdoor museum of the mill, machinery, and even an old moonshine still display.
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Crisson Gold Mine
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