Dawsonville, incorporated December 10, 1859, is the county seat of Dawson County. The city remembers William C. Dawson, a compiler of the laws of Georgia and commander of a brigade in the Creek Indian War of 1836. Dawson also served in both houses of the state legislature and in Congress before the Civil War.
Dawsonville is the home of NASCAR Champion Bill Elliot and his racing operation. The Elliott Museum and Souvenir Center showcases auto racing paraphernalia and memorabilia.
Dawsonville hosts a number of festivals and events, including the Dawson County Fall Festival. For three Saturdays in October, the Dawsonville town square comes alive with arts and crafts displays, clogging, and other entertainment.