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New Tech Connect+ Benefit!

FMCA Tech Connect+ is a benefit package that brings technology offers to FMCA members. Offers include tech product discounts and mobile data plans.

What do you get? For just $49.99 monthly, you’ll have access to a Sprint mobile hotspot data plan, plus discounts on WiFi extenders and products. With Sprint, you’ll get full, un-throttled and uncapped 3G and 4G LTE speed.

To take advantage of this benefit, your FMCA membership dues must be active for at least one year. And stay tuned – we plan to offer more discounts to this benefit package!

Why not take part in a benefit package that keeps you connected at a lower cost?

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Read Member F470953 GAIL RUSSELL's Review of the Tech Connect+ Sprint MIFI Plan Below:

Signed up for FMCA Tech Connect+ and taking advantage of the Sprint Unlimited Hotspot Plan

I would say I started with Hotspot Authorization at 11:30AM, it is now 8PM and my Hotspot Battery is at 32%.

I am very pleased with both the Franklin R-910 Hotspot and the Sprint unlimited data plan. Everything is working flawlessly. I am in a rural area, 30 miles from the nearest city (Buffalo, NY) and I have had enough signal strength to do everything I wanted to do on my computers & tablets and ereaders, fast & flawlessly.

I found the Hotspot intuitive to use and easy to operate. I even liked the way it felt with its rubber armour coating! After 8-1/2 hours of continuous running, the Hotspot feels cool to the touch all over. If I had to tell one Hotspot fault, it would be the display screen font type is very small, making it hard to read.

Tomorrow I will play around with more of my WiFi capable devices and let you know what I think. The unlimited data plan is just great to have! No more running to public hotspots for me like when my old data plan was getting near its limit. I am in Computer Nerd Heaven!

Gail Russell

New FMCA Verizon Benefit!

FMCA has a new Verizon MIFI Member Benefit! CLICK HERE to learn more.

Perry Registration Is Open!

Finally, registration for FMCA’s 97th International Convention and RV Expo, scheduled for March 15 through 18, 2018, at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter is open. Click Here to register.

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Dahlonega Courthouse Gold Museum State Historic SiteYou won't strike it rich there, but you can strike gold in Dahlonega, Georgia, 56 miles north of Atlanta.

The city's name stems from the Cherokee-language word "talonega," meaning "golden."

In 1828, while deer hunting 2½ miles south of what is now Dahlonega, Benjamin Parks tripped over a rock that was chock-full of gold. Twenty years before the California Gold Rush, America's first major gold rush was on, in northern Georgia.

Nearly 15,000 miners rushed to the area. The gold was plentiful and easily found then, having been washing off mountainsides for centuries.

Today, visitors who tour a gold museum and two gold mines in the area will leave knowing, Thar's gold in them thar hills!

Rich in history

Dahlonega Courthouse Gold Museum State Historic Site chronicles the history of the gold rush and miners of that period. The building served as the seat of Lumpkin country government from 1836 to 1965 and is one of the oldest public buildings in this section of Georgia.

The locally made brick used to build the courthouse contains small amounts of gold. The state of Georgia restored the structure and it was designated a State Historic Site.

Visitors to the museum can watch a 23-minute film about mining techniques and the lifestyles of prospectors. Gold nuggets and gold coins minted at the Dahlonega Branch Mint from 1838 to 1861 are on display. The museum's collection includes the Half Eagle ($5), Three Dollar Gold, Gold Dollar and Quarter Eagle.

Allow about 45 minutes for a self-guided tour. Groups of 15 or more may call in advance to arrange a guided tour.

The Gold Museuem State Historic Site is located at the center of the Dahlonega town square. The site is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is $3.50 to $5.

Motorhomes can park in a designated area 1/2 block from the museum.

Drive past the welcome center on Main Street. At the first traffic light, turn left onto Grogan Street (U.S. 19). Turn left on the next major street, Hawkins. The parking area is adjacent to a rock wall and across from Hancock Park. The lot can hold about four motorhomes.

Free parking for cars is available in the town square and nearby lots.

For more information, visit or call (706) 864-2257.

Mining your own business

Two mines are located within minutes of the Gold Museum. Pan for gold. Grub for rubies and emeralds. View original mining machinery from the 1800s. Venture deep underground, surrounded by gold-bearing rock.

At Crisson Gold Mine, which dates to 1847, take a self-guided tour of a 10-stamp mill made in 1883. It still works. Its purpose: to crush gold-bearing ore into sand-size particles so the gold can be separated from the ore by machines or by panning.

During the tour, visitors will see various mining equipment used by early miners. Tours do not lead into Crisson's open-pit mine, which is under excavation, as Crisson still ships gold to clients across the United States.

But, guests at Crisson mine do have a good chance of striking gold.

"Everybody finds gold," said Elizabeth, who works at Crisson. "There's no one who comes in to find gold or gemstones who doesn't find something, if they follow our instructions."

Recently, a gentleman found three gold nuggets, she said. Typically, the nuggets found range from $25 to $500 in value, depending on their weight.

Elizabeth said most people who find gold at Crisson save it as a souvenir, although the Gold Shop in town offers to buy gold and gems.

Crisson gold Mine is located 2-1/2 miles north of Dahlonega on U.S. 19. Free motorhome parking is available.

Admission charge for panning "depends on the amount of dirt you want to play in," Elizabeth said, referring to the size and number of pans and buckets visitors choose to use.

Info: (706) 864-6363.

Consolidated Gold Mines and gold processing mill, built in the early 1900s, was the largest gold mining operation east of the Mississippi River. Most of the mill buildings are gone, but visitors can tour underground mine tunnels created in the 1800s.

Actual miners conduct the 40-minute tours, providing historical background of mining in the area.

The inside of the mine looks the same as it did when it closed in 1906. The massive tunnel network, 60 feet down, still exists, complete with the original track system. Guides demonstrate mining techniques using the old mining equipment that remains, and welcome questions about hard rock mining.

Tours of the mine cost $11 for adults and $7 for ages 4 to14. The fee also allows visitors to pan for gold one time before or after the tour, in the panning trough out back. There is a charge for additional panning.

"Usually everybody will find a little bit of gold," said Amanda, a Consolidated employee. "It depends on how well you listen to the panning instructors."

Consolidated Gold Mines also offers gemstone mining at a cost of $7 to $100, depending on the various pans and buckets used.

The tour entails navigating three flights of stairs and two slanted walkways. Groups of 20 or more should call the mine in advance for reservations.

Consolidated Gold Mines is located on the Dahlonega town square, about 1/2 mile from the Court House Gold Museum. A large (free) parking area will accommodate motorhomes.

Info: (706) 864-8473.

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