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Learning from the past, preserving for the future

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 Old 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.

  • Law & Early Lumpkin Co. Societal Development by David Connolly; 15 Jan 2016, 7pm @ Community House
    Dr. David H. Connolly, our vice president, will be the  Keynote Speaker after our brief annual business meeting.  He  will share the results of his research into Lumpkin County’s court and legal documents that give a glimpse into 1830s Lumpkin County society as it developed from boomtown into a settled society. 

    Before the program there will be a brief annual business meeting where we conduct the business of the Society, including our yearly financial report and election of officers and directors. 

    Following the program, refreshments will be served. Members are asked to bring a finger-food treat to share. 


    Membership dues are payable in January. Please check the roster at the door to see if your dues are up to date. 
     A new  due structure is in effect for 2015.  Namely:  Student $5, Single $20, Senior $15, Family $30, Life $250. 

    Come and bring a friend!   

    3rd Thursday • January 15, 2016 • 7 p.m. 

    Dahlonega Community House  - 111 North Park Street, Dahlonega, GA 30533 

    Posted Jan 2, 2015, 11:02 AM by Manny Carvalho
  • Frank W. Hall, A Visionary by Freida Bafile: Thurs, Nov 13, 7 p.m. @ The Smith House

    For the last program of 2014, we will gather in the historic Smith House where Dahlonega native Freida Bafile will present the story of Frank W. Hall, a mining engineer by trade and a visionary.  Shortly after the end of the Civil War, Frank Hall arrived in Dahlonega from Winooski,Vermont, to help oversee the construction of some new mining operations. By 1890 he was one of the richest and most prominent men in Lumpkin County.  Hall helped to construct many of the buildings that still survive around Dahlonega including The Smith House hotel, Hall’s Block, and the 1884 Lumpkin County Jail that serves as our museum.

    We invite everyone to attend this fascinating look at one of Dahlonega’s movers and shakers of the late 19th century on Thursday, Nov 13,  7 p.m. at The Smith House located on 84 S Chestatee St, Dahlonega

    At this meeting, members will be given the opportunity to vote on the ratification of the proposed revisions to our Constitution and By-Laws that were presented  at the October meeting.
    Our next program will be on January 8, 2015

    Posted Oct 31, 2014, 6:34 AM by Manny Carvalho
  • Lumpkin County's Surviving One Room Schools by Chris Worick; Thur., Oct. 9 @7pm; Community House

    Chris Worick presents:  Last Ones Standing - Lumpkin County’s surviving one room school buildings

    Once Lumpkin County had over 31 small one room public schools scattered throughout the districts. Today, only a handful of these relics remain in various states of repair. Society President Chris Worick will present his findings in a power point slide show taken during his recent travels around the county to photograph these historic buildings before they are gone forever.

    History of the one-room school houses, “Lumpkin County, Georgia Schools of Yesteryear ... 1840 – 1957” will be available for purchase at the meeting.
    Thursday, October 9, 2014, at 7 p.m. Dahlonega Community House  •  111 N. Park Street, Dahlonega, GA


    Revised Constitution and By-Laws will be presented to the membership at this meeting. Vote by the members for/against acceptance of revisions will be at the November meeting.

    Posted Oct 3, 2014, 11:15 AM by Manny Carvalho
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