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Welcome to the Lumpkin County Historical Society site.  
The focus of the society is to preserve and protect this area's rich historical heritage.   Our organization brings together people who are interested in knowing and accurately preserving the rich history of Lumpkin County and the City of Dahlonega.
Major projects of the Society are:
  • Maintaining and operating the Historical 1884 Jail as a museum.
  • Encouraging students to learn about local history by sponsoring an essay contest.
  • Recognizing contributions for preserving Lumpkin County's historical heritage.
Lumpkin County, Georgia is where the first major gold rush in the United States took place in 1829.  Dahlonega's commercial district, including the public square, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 
      * [Postcard  by H.G. Zimmerman & Co. of Chicago]        

The Society normally meets on the second Thursday of the month and the meetings are open to the public.  Programs are announced below and in the Dahlonega Nugget.  Membership is open to everyone.  To become a member, write:
Lumpkin County Historical Society, Inc.
PO Box 894 
Dahlonega, GA 30533
or send an email to LCHSociety#Gmail.com [change the # to @].  Alternatively, you may click this  email  link to use your own e-mail program or print out this form and mail it to the above address: Form


Recent Announcements

  • This section lists the last 3 recent announcements.  All announcements are available here. To monitor changes try this service.

  • Oct program location change: To Park and Rec from Community House.
    The location of our program this Thursday evening has been changed from the Dahlonega Community House to the Lumpkin County Park and Recreation building located at 365 Riley Road in Dahlonega. Our program by the Georgia Pick and Bow students will still take place at 7 pm. We apologize for this late change and we hope to see everyone there.
    Posted Oct 11, 2016, 3:32 PM by Manny Carvalho
  • GEORGIA PICK & BOW TRADITIONAL MUSIC; Thur. Oct 13, 7 pm @ LC Park and Rec [Note Change]
    Intermediate and advanced students from the Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School will be sharing traditional and bluegrass music with us, and provide the opportunity to learn more about this after-school program that renders affordable lessons in fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass to local youngsters.
    Now in its 10th year, the local non-profit organization serves over 100 students a year and employs about a dozen instructors teaching at three sites  during the school year and at its week-long summer day camp. Student have been invited to play for local clubs and organizations, at festivals and before state-wide audiences at concerts and meetings, and recently visited Bristol, Tenn., for a 20-minute set on a weekly radio show/showcase there.
               Come and bring a friend.
          Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.
    The Community House, 111 North Park St.
    Lumpkin County Park and Recreation building located at 365 Riley Road in Dahlonega.
    Posted Oct 11, 2016, 3:34 PM by Manny Carvalho
  • History of Community Canning by Sharon Thomason; Thu, Aug 11, Community House @ 7pm
    What’s a Canning Plant?  A Look at the History of Community Canning by Board member Sharon Thomason, local resident, realtor, and author, will present a program entitled, “Plants since the 1930s.” One of her earliest memories is of playing in a closed canning plant in the 1950s in Sweet Water, Alabama.

    Dahlonega’s cannery is next door to the Historical Society’s 1884 Jail Museum. It was built so that canning equipment could be shared by the women of Dahlonega to preserve the fruits and vegetables of their harvest. 

    Thursday, August 11, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
    The Community House, 111 North Park St.

    Come and bring a friend

    Posted Aug 2, 2016, 7:02 AM by Admin Lumpkin
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