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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, on our Facebook page and in the Dahlonega Nugget.  Membership is open to everyone.  To become a member please see the About Us section.

Please look around the site and see what we have to offer.  Use the navigation on the top left or this sitemap to see our content.


Recent Announcements

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

  • April Mtg: 4/8/21 @7pm on Zoom: Robbie Niles: Woman's Right to Vote Amendment Anniversary

    The Historical Society meets via Zoom on 8 Apr 2021 at 7 pm.  Robbie Niles will discuss the 101st Anniversary of the 19th Constitutional Amendment which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. 

    Join us, a few minutes before 7pm, on the Zoom Meeting by clicking this link:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83989466755?pwd=NE1pZmVEWWFhKzY3cFg3bDJiV01aUT09     Meeting ID: 839 8946 6755  Passcode: 767909

    On August 26, 1920, - 101 years ago - an amendment to the Constitution of the United States guaranteeing women the right to vote came into affect.  The women of Lumpkin County were no shrinking violets. By all accounts, they were well aware of what was happening elsewhere, but no local opinion, and only scant news about the woman suffrage movement was printed in their hometown newspaper.  

    This presentation highlights key points in the almost 100 years it took suffragists to attain for women, through the right to vote, a legal avenue to right wrongs concerning critical issues that affect all citizens.

    Posted Mar 30, 2021, 2:04 PM by Manny Carvalho
  • March Mtg.: 11 Mar 2021, 7pm on Zoom - Chris Worick; Veterans of the American Revolution in Lumpkin County

    The Historical Society meets via Zoom on, Thursday, March 11, 2021 @ 7pm.  Our guest speaker will be Chris Worick who will discuss Veterans of the American Revolution in Lumpkin County.

    Please join us a few minutes before 7pm here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84181724318?pwd=SnkvNlV3OXpxODJqZEErVlQ5SnBJZz09 

    Near the entrance to Mt. Hope Cemetery is a bronze plaque erected in 1959 by the Daughters of the American Revolution which bears the names of patriots who were thought to have all lived in Lumpkin County. Historical Society President Chris Worick, has been researching  the names of these veterans as well as others he has discovered in an effort to separate fact from folklore.  His presentation will discuss the results of his findings as well as brief biographies of many of the veteran's service records.

    The public is invited to attend. Feel free to share the Zoom link above.

    Posted Feb 25, 2021, 9:45 AM by Manny Carvalho
  • February Mtg.; 11Feb 2011, 7pm on Zoom -- Clark MacAllister; Native Plants in North Georgia

    The Historical Society meets on Zoom, at 7:00 pm. Thursday, February 11, 2021.   Our guest speaker will be Clark MacAllister who will speak about Native Plants in North Georgia.

    Join us a few minutes before 7 pm at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84059734976?pwd=WG1PQnV5TzJzNXNDdVYveHg5TTlYdz09

    This meeting will be recorded and available soon after the presentation at our YouTube Channel: LCHS YouTube Channel

    Have you ever looked out into the woods and wanted to know more about native plant species? UGA Extension Agent Clark MacAllister will speak about native plants and their roles in nature and society. He will also speak on some interesting plant diseases which had devastating impacts on north Georgia forests, and how plant diseases still impact us today.

    Clark MacAllister is the UGA Extension Agent for Lumpkin and Dawson Counties, and he has been in this role since 2012. He attended the University of Georgia and earned degrees in Horticulture and Pest Management. Clark provides education, technical advice, and conducts research in many areas of agriculture, including tree management, home landscapes, vegetable and fruit gardening, and wine grape production. He currently resides in Dawson County with his wife and two boys.

    Clark MacAllister

    Posted Feb 2, 2021, 10:09 AM by Manny Carvalho
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