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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 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.

  • Porter Springs Hotel, “Queen of the Mountains” by Anne Amerson; 8 Oct, 7pm @ Community House
    Anne Amerson presents the story of the famed Porter Springs Hotel, its plain-spoken owner, Col. Henry P. Farrow, its golden days of elegant entertaining, the alleged cures found there, and its final demise. The story of this early hotel and spa is one of Dahlonega’s most fascinating legends.

    The public is cordially invited to attend and re-live the golden days of yesteryear at the Porter Springs Hotel, and perhaps share a memory or two with others.


     October 8, 2015 – 7:00 p.m.
      The Community House, 111 North Park St.
    Posted Sep 30, 2015, 6:02 AM by Manny Carvalho
  • Field Trip to Lydia School: 10am, Sat., Sept. 12, 2015
    Instead of our regular 2nd Thursday meeting we will have a field trip to Lydia School on Saturday, Sept 12.

    Lydia School is a one-room school house that was in use from 1915-1957 for students from 1st to 7th grades It has been fully restored and furnished by Loudean Seabolt. Loudean, a young 96, will show off the slate blackboards, lard buckets used for lunch pails, books, desks, water buckets and other memorabilia from the early 1900’s. She will also tell us stories about going to school there, and about how she accomplished her 1984 restoration project.

    Following the presentation we will picnic indoors at the home of Bob & Dana Whitfield, less than a mile from Lydia School. Bring your own lunch and favorite beverage. Cups plates, napkins, tea, water, lemonade and a spirit of adventure will be provided!

    We will get together over lunch to talk about the programs we have had this year and make suggestions for next year’s programs.

    Come and bring a friend
    Carpoolers meet at the Old Jail by 9:30 a.m.
    Directions to Lydia School

    Posted Aug 24, 2015, 9:17 AM by Manny Carvalho
  • New Aug. Program: The story of James “Free Jim” Boisclair by Chris Worick. Thur. 13 Aug @7pm; Community House
    One of Lumpkin County’s most fascinating figures of the Gold Rush era was a former slave named James Boisclair. Local folklore tells us that Boisclair came to Dahlonega during the 1830s from Augusta and became one of the wealthiest shop owners in town. When he had acquired enough money, he was able to buy a gold mine still known as the Free Jim mine on the outskirts of Dahlonega. 

    When the California Gold Rush began in 1849, Boisclair like many other Lumpkin County miners headed west for the new El Dorado. Legend has it that “Free Jim” was killed in a dispute over a mining claim shortly after arriving in California. But how much of this story is true?

    Chris Worick will give a presentation on who James Boisclair really was and what happened to him after leaving for California.  

    Thursday, August 13, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
    at the Community House, 111 North Park St.

    Come and bring a friend

    Posted Aug 11, 2015, 8:26 AM by Admin Lumpkin
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