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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 [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.

  • Remembering “Mr. Bob” Meaders by Anne Amerson; Thu 11 Sep @ 7pm Community House

    Bob Meaders and his father were definitive entrepreneurs. At age six, Bob was delivering merchandise for his father’s general store. At ten, he was a driver for the hack line to Gainesville that his family owned and operated. At fourteen, he was carrying mail on horseback across the mountains to Blue Ridge and Fannin County


                                  Come HEAR THE REST OF THE STORY and bring a friend!
    Thursday, September 11, 2014, at 7 p.m.
    Dahlonega Community House
    111 N. Park Street, Dahlonega, GA
    Posted Sep 8, 2014, 8:42 AM by Manny Carvalho
  • Georgia Pick and Bow Traditional Music School's - Thursday, August 14, 2014 @ 7pm, Community House
    Based in Dahlonega, the Georgia Pick and Bow Traditional Music School's mission is to preserve and promote the traditional music of our region.  Musicians ranging from the 4th through 12th grades learn to play Appalachian music on the fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin and upright bass.  On Thursday, August 14 they will regale us with the songs and instrumentals of a culture worth preserving.
    Everyone is invited to join us at the Dahlonega Community House, 111 N Park Street, Dahlonega, GA, on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at 7 p.m.
    Posted Aug 3, 2014, 7:04 AM by Manny Carvalho

    The 1884 Lumpkin County Jail & Museum will be open on Friday, July 4, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for tours conducted by members of the Lumpkin County Historical Society. 


    The building, which served as the county jail until 1964 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, is located on Enota Street next to the Cannery Art Center two blocks east of Dahlonega’s Historic Public Square. The second floor jail cells remain as they were when the jail was in operation.


    The Museum displays include household items that would have been used in the 1800s and early 1900s, artifacts from daily life during those times, a home-brew still,  and vintage photographs including gold mining scenes, historical buildings and significant events. Open to the public for the first time will be the exhibit of Nina Head's spinning wheel, which was recently donated to the Historical Society. Also among the newest additions to the items in the jail is a cardboard cutout of a picture of Bill Miner (also known as the Gentleman Bandit and the Grey Fox), the most famous resident of the Historic Old Jail. For more information about the Old Jail, go to

    Posted Jul 1, 2014, 6:32 AM by Manny Carvalho
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