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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.

  • Opening of the Andrew W. Cain Time Capsule; UNG Library, Thu Nov 12, 6:30 pm room 382
    We will take part in the unveiling of a time capsule left by Andrew W. Cain, author of “History Of Lumpkin County For The First Hundred Years, 1832 -1932.”

    This event features items from the University of North Georgia’s Special Collections and Archives. The featured materials will only be on display for the evening.

    Thursday, November 12, 2015
    University of North Georgia, Dahlonega Campus
    Library Technology Center, Room 382
    Reception 6:30 p.m. • Program 7:00 p.m.
    Park behind the library, Lot #49
    Also on the program

    Dr. Bill Balco will speak about his work with the Yahoola High Trestle. It was constructed in 1859 as an important component of the Hand Ditch, which brought water to the gold miners. This line drawing of High Trestle across Yahoola Creek (from Blake and Jackson 1859) is on the cover of “The Hand Ditch Report of Lumpkin County, Georgia,” a copy of which you receive as a gift when you join the Lumpkin County Historical Society, Inc. If you have not received your copy, Robbie Niles will have some to give out after the program.

    There will also be a “pop-up museum” featuring  ONE item from YOUR collection. Bring your item to the library  by 6:30 to put on display for the evening.  (photos, letters, other paper items or items you’ve found while digging – arrowheads, pottery shards, keys, bottles, etc.).
    Posted Oct 27, 2015, 7:55 AM by Manny Carvalho
  • Private Tour of Price Memorial Hall on Thursday, November 5th, 6 p.m.

    Private Tour of Price Memorial Hall
    The University of North Georgia Administration Building
    Thursday, November 5th, 6 p.m.

    Sorry, we cannot invite the public to join us on this tour. There is room only for Lumpkin County Historical Society members, their families, and guests.

    Meet our tour guide at 6 p.m. in front of Price Memorial. There should be plenty of parking there at that time of day.  The building is easy to spot. Its bell tower is gilded with Dahlonega gold.

    Price Memorial is built on the foundation of the Dahlonega branch of the U.S. Mint, which was chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1835. In 1878 the old mint building burned, and the present building was built on its foundation. The interior was redone several times over the years, but when Dr. Sherman Day was president of the college, he had it refurbished, taking down lowered ceilings and added walls to expose the original architecture. The tour will include a look at the original foundation.

    For more information on the Branch Mint, go to 

    Posted Oct 17, 2015, 6:06 AM by Manny Carvalho
  • 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
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