“Anne Amerson’s new historical novel, Dahlonega’s Gold, continues the rich tradition
of ‘history through story-telling’ that many have enjoyed in her popular I Remember
Dahlonega books and articles.” Roberta Niles
“An intriguing walk through time, well-written while maintaining precise historical
integrity.” Robin Glass
“A masterful blend of narrative story and history.” David Ackerman
“The history of Dahlonega as told in Dahlonega’s Gold is as rich as the precious
metal taken from its region.”
Dahlonega’s Gold is a historical novel set in the north Georgia community of
Dahlonega between 1830 and 1900. It is an engrossing story about the nation’s first
gold rush as seen through the eyes of young Keziah Cochran, whose husband Fate catches
“gold fever” and hopes to better their lives as a gold miner. The fictional characters
are convincingly blended with real-life figures from the annals of local history,
and most of the events are historically factual.
Other significant events dramatized in the book through Keziah’s experience
include the tragedy of the Cherokee removal, the establishment of a United States
Mint at Dahlonega, the Civil War and subsequent four years of federal occupation,
followed by the establishment of a fledgling college in the abandoned Mint building.
The painting on the cover of Dahlonega’s Gold was painted by acclaimed north
Georgia artist, John Kollock. The book was published in July of 2008 by the University
Press of North Georgia. Copies cost $20.00 and may be ordered from Chestatee Publications,
689 N. Chestatee Street, Dahlonega, GA 30533. Include $3.95 for shipping and handling.