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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.

  • Awards Program: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 7:00 p.m., Community House, 111 North Park Street
    Each year the Society takes pleasure in recognizing individuals and organizations for their contributions to the preservation of Lumpkin County’s history during the preceding year. We will recognize 8th grade Lumpkin County students for their essays on subjects of historical significance.  Additionally, others will be recognized for their efforts with a certificates of appreciation.  Finally, in memory of Madeleine K. Anthony, our highest award goes to those with the most significant contributions that keep alive the heritage of Lumpkin County for future generations to enjoy.

    Learning from the past, preserving for the future.

    Come help us honor them, and bring a friend.  A reception will follow the program. 

    All members are asked to bring a snack or appetizer.
    Posted Apr 5, 2014, 7:35 AM by Manny Carvalho
  • Memories and Stories of Camp Glisson by Jennie Richardson, 13 Mar 2014, 7pm @ Community House
    Jennifer Richardson, author, professional musician, historian, and retired psychotherapist, is author of the popular book, “Holy Dirt – 75 years of Christian Education at Camp Glisson.”

    Jennie first went to Camp Glisson as a four-year-old when her grandmother bought a cabin there. She attended Camp Glisson as a camper every year she was eligible, and then joined the counselor staff at “Pioneer Camp,” a rustic part of camp where campers live in tents and cook over campfires. Later, she served for many years on the camp’s board of directors. Her grandmother’s cabin remains in the family.

    Thursday March 13, 2014, at 7 p.m.
    Dahlonega Community House  •  111 N Park Street, Dahlonega, GA 

    Come and bring a friend!
    Posted Feb 28, 2014, 5:59 AM by Manny Carvalho
  • Free Tours of Lumpkin County Historic Old Jail
    The 1884 Lumpkin County Jail & Museum will be open on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. during the Bear on the Square Mountain Festival for free tours conducted by members of the Lumpkin County Historical Society. 

    The Jail, which 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 annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival is taking place in Dahlonega that weekend.

    The Museum displays at the Old Jail include household items that would have been used in the 1800s and early 1900s, artifacts from daily life during those times, and vintage photographs including gold mining scenes, historical buildings and significant events. A recent addition item 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.

    Posted Feb 16, 2014, 1:08 PM by Manny Carvalho
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