Northeast Georgia Mountains / Dahlonega

The 1875 Chestatee River Diving Bell

Hawkins St.
Dahlonega, GA 30533

706-864-3513 | 706-864-0743
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For more than a century, the secrets of the Diving Bell were held beneath the murky waters of the Chestatee River. On Oct. 18, 1876, the Diving Bell and its boat sank under mysterious circumstances. While ending the short career of the only manned submersible gold mining operation in Georgia, it did not end the mystery of how it sank or where it came from.

Unlike a submarine, which is self contained and moves under its own propulsion, the Diving Bell is an open-bottomed pressurized submersible which is tethered to a surface vessel. Raised and lowered through a well in the boat, this diving bell was built specifically to mine for gold at the bottom of the Chestatee River.

The diving bell and boat made their appearance in September 1875. Within a little over a year, the dreams of the Loud Mining Company would end as their boat disappeared under mysterious circumstances beneath the river depths, taking the diving bell with it on its final descent.

The Chestatee River Diving Bell exhibit and plaza is located in downtown Dahlonega's Hancock Park at Hawkins Street.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: All Day
    Monday: All Day
    Tuesday: All Day
    Wednesday: All Day
    Thursday: All Day
    Friday: All Day
    Saturday: All Day

    Admission & Fees

    Admission Free

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking

    Parking off Site

    Parking on Site

    Self-guided Tours

    General Information


    Free Admission

    Handicapped Accessible

    Open Year 'Round

    Group Amenities


    Near Interstate Highway



    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages