Pine Mountain Gold Museum | Villa Rica, Georgia
Pan for gold or wander through a museum that helps preseve the rich 100-year history of gold mining in Villa Rica at the Pine Mountain Gold Museum at Stockmar Park. Operated by the Villa Rica Parks and Recreation Department, the gold museum is the only one in Georgia that is located at the site of an actual gold mine and has gold and gem panning on-site.
Most of the exhibits in the museum were found on Pine Mountain in Villa Rica and date back to the early 1800s with a few dating back as far as 12,000 BC. The 4,800-square-foot musum has a 50-seat theater where you can view a 20-minute documentary on the history of the Villa Rica mines.
The 27-acre park around the museum has a covered gold and gemstone panning area for visitors. You can wander along the 3 miles of self-guided walking trails with intrepretive signage. You also will find an authentic grist mill and water-wheel, West Georgia's only authentic 19th-century gold stamp mill, and a live farm animal exhibit on the grounds.
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At the Pine Mountain Gold Museum you’ll find: a 4,800 square foot museum; a 50-seat theater with a 20-minute documentary of the history of the Villa Rica mines; a covered gold and gemstone panning area; a grist mill and water wheel; a 27-acre park with over three miles of self-guided walking trails with interpretive signage and other features.