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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.

  • Newsletter
    The most recent (12/17, vol 49)  Now and Then Newsletter is posted here: Newsletter
    Posted Jan 10, 2018, 8:53 AM by Admin Lumpkin
  • ANNUAL MEETING, OYSTERS & POSSUM Thursday, January 11, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
    January is the time we hold our brief annual meeting where we conduct the business of the Society, including the year’s financial report and election of Officers and Directors.

    Following the business meeting, Amos Amerson will present When People Feasted on Oysters and Possum.  Today in America, turkey is the primary entrée for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and many other celebrations, but it wasn’t always that way. Our guest speaker, Amos Amerson, will tell us how Oysters and Possum put a different spin on holiday feasting.

    Please come early and BRING A FINGER FOOD TREAT to share when we gather for refreshments and fellowship after the meeting.

     Thursday, January 11, 2018, 7:00 p.m.  The Community House, 111 North Park St.

    Annual Dues are payable in January.

    Posted Jan 4, 2018, 7:46 AM by Admin Lumpkin
  • North Georgia College Football by Darrell Woodall. Thurs. May 11; 7pm @ Community House
    A lot of us were not aware that North Georgia College once had a football team until Darrell Woodall’s book was published.

    “Blue Ridge Gridiron” gives a comprehensive account of college football in Dahlonega. Read about friends and friends of friends who played college football here.

    Darrell will be available after the program to chat and sign copies of the book.

    Thursday, May 11, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
    The Community House, 111 North Park St.

    Come and bring a friend.
    Posted May 9, 2017, 6:46 AM by Manny Carvalho
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