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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.

  • SHOW & TELL - Th. 9 Jul @ 7pm, Community House
    This is an opportunity for everyone to bring in one or two items of historical interest and share their stories with the group. Items will be displayed on tables with your name and a brief description. You will have two minutes during the program to tell about them, and there will be time for folks to take a closer look at the end of the program.

    Our Show & Tell programs have had a wide variety of fascinating items brought in, ranging from clothing and button hooks to dueling pistols.

    Blow the dust off of those family heirlooms or interesting artifacts and bring them in.
    Thursday, July 9, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
    at the Community House, 111 North Park St.

    Come and bring a friend
    Posted Jun 29, 2015, 4:14 PM by Manny Carvalho
  • BRAG - Program Change: The Unicoi Turnpike by Jack Wynn
    Due to an accident tonight's presentation is changed.
    The night's presentation is on the Historic Unicoi Turnpike. It was a privately built roadway from the Toccoa area through Helen and across from Murphy into Ft. Louden, TN, in the first decade of the 1800s. It carried goods from the upper Savannah River to the New American settlements in east Tennessee, and local produce from there back to the east coast.  Dr. Jack Wynn will describe his historic and field research on the Georgia segment of this roadway over the past several years
    Wednesday, June 17th,  at 6:00 PM in the community room of United Community Bank on Hwy 52 in Dahlonega, Georgia.
     Visitors are still welcome!
    Posted Jun 17, 2015, 6:47 AM by Manny Carvalho
  • The Blue Ridge Archeological Guild (B.R.A.G.): "Coosa Kingdom's first contact with Hernando De Soto in 1540"
    The Blue Ridge Archeological Guild   (B.R.A.G.) will meet on Wednesday, June 17th,  at 6:00 PM in the community room of United Community Bank on Hwy 52 in Dahlonega, Georgia. The guest speaker will be Wayne Hooper, the Secretary of B.R.A.G. and a member of the "Gilmer County Historical Society and Museum" in Ellijay, Ga. Wayne,  a retired insurance executive,  got interested in the "Coosa Kingdom" while trying to assemble a Native American exhibit for the Gilmer Co. Museum in Ellijay

    The topic  will be the "Coosa Kingdom's first contact with Hernando De Soto in 1540".  The "Coosa" were a major power in North Georgia  in the 14th, 15th and 16th Century  based on their population, military might and control of trade routes.  The Coosa were miners of copper in North Georgia and Tennessee when De Soto came in search of gold.   They were the descendents of the Etowah Culture (1000 A.D.-1350 A.D).which declined after 1350 A.D. when the capital moved to Coosa,  on the Coosawattee river.  The modern day descendents are the Upper Creek  Native Americans.

    Posted Jun 12, 2015, 6:45 AM by Manny Carvalho
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