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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 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.

  • History of Community Canning by Sharon Thomason; Thu, Aug 11, Community House @ 7pm
    What’s a Canning Plant?  A Look at the History of Community Canning by Board member Sharon Thomason, local resident, realtor, and author, will present a program entitled, “Plants since the 1930s.” One of her earliest memories is of playing in a closed canning plant in the 1950s in Sweet Water, Alabama.

    Dahlonega’s cannery is next door to the Historical Society’s 1884 Jail Museum. It was built so that canning equipment could be shared by the women of Dahlonega to preserve the fruits and vegetables of their harvest. 

    Thursday, August 11, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
    The Community House, 111 North Park St.

    Come and bring a friend

    Posted Aug 2, 2016, 7:02 AM by Admin Lumpkin
  • SHOW & TELL Thursday, July 14, 2016, 7:00 p.m. @ Community House
    The popular Show and Tell program is back.  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 time during the program to tell about them and 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, from beautiful dresses, straight razors to flags, bells and books.  Blow the dust off of those family heirlooms or interesting artifacts and bring them in.
    Thursday, July 14, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
    Community House, 111 North Park St.
    Come and bring a friend
    Posted Jul 5, 2016, 6:17 AM by Manny Carvalho
  • Dr. Bill Witherspoon, "Geology, Gold and the Making of Georgia," 2 part program @ 5:30 and 7 pm, Thurs. June 9th.
    Dr. Witherspoon's program will show the science behind how Dahlonega's gold belt was created from its beginnings with volcanic activity to the settling of nuggets in streams. Insights borrowed from historians show how Georgia's Gold Rush fostered its industry and helped give it a different character than other neighboring states. Bill Witherspoon, a noted geologist who is retired from the Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta, has co-authored the book "Roadside Geology of Georgia," now in its second printing. Copies of Dr. Witherspoon's book will be available for purchase and signing upon the conclusion of the program.

    This program will consist of two parts. 

    Part one, we will meet at the Yahoola Creek Park tennis courts [map] parking lot at 5:30 pm.  From there, the group will hike up to the open quarry on top of the hill where the exposed rock face will be explained in geologic terms by Dr. Witherspoon. In case of inclement weather, the outdoor portion of the program will be cancelled and the program will begin at 7 pm. 

    Part two of the program will begin at 7 pm in the Dahlonega Community House [map].

    We welcome Dr. Witherspoon to Dahlonega once again, and the public is invited to attend this exciting program

    This will be a joint meeting with the Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild.
    Posted May 25, 2016, 7:41 AM by Admin Lumpkin
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