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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.

  • Memories of Amy Trammell by Larry Scott; Thurs, Feb 11, 7pm @ Community house
    Storyteller Larry Scott will regale you with Amy Trammell stories based on tales from her autobiography, “Yarns of Gold from Auraria.”  (1) “Rattle, Rattle, Whose Got the Rattle?” (2) “Buried Alive”  (3) “Ain’t Love Grand” (4) ‘It’s Either Me or the Rattle Snake,” and (5) “Amy Trammell Versus the United States Government.”

    I you knew Amy Trammell, or know someone who did, please invite them to the program to share their memories.   And as always, come and bring a friend!

    “Stories from the Life of Amy Trammell, Indomnible Lady Gold Miner and First Docent at the Historic Gold Museum.”
    Thursday, February 11, 2016 • 7:00 p.m.
    Dahlonega Community House
    111 North Park Street, GA 30533

    Posted Feb 2, 2016, 7:43 AM by Manny Carvalho
  • Dec. 2015 Newsletter is available
    The new December newsletter is available here.
    Posted Jan 29, 2016, 2:58 PM by Admin Lumpkin
  • BRAG: Geology of Georgia's Blue Ridge by Williams Witherspoon Jan. 13th, Lumpkin Co. Public Library, 6 PM

    This month the B.R.A.G. [Blue Ridge Archeology Group] speaker will be Dr. William Witherspoon, a retired geologist from the Fernbank Science Center, who will be speaking on the "Geology of Georgia's Blue Ridge". 


    Dr. Witherspoon co-wrote a book in 2013  called the "Roadside Geology of Georgia". I recent completed this book to prep for our meeting.  This is  the kind of book than I would have liked to have written, had I the knowledge. As a person who loves to wander the back roads, I often encounter historic buildings, cliffs, out croppings and water falls in the middle of "no where", which make me research the story on that location.  Dr. Witherspoon explains most of the unusual rock types and formations found in Georgia in chapters by geographic districts, using drives along major highways, with information about what you are seeing combined with information on stops at the local museums. It is a different format, but one easily followed for an afternoon drive with friends, as you dazzle them with your new found geology knowledge. 


    The geology of the Blue Ridge is a story of plate Tectonics, inland seas, volcanic islands and continents combining, as they override, then sublimate  into our ridges and mountains in North Georgia, creating a unique landscape.  Some of the oldest rocks on the planet are found at your door! 


    This will be an interesting talk for those of us who want to know more about our mountains. .


    Dr. Witherspoon will have a small supply of his book for sale for those interested in more detail after his talk. 

    Posted Jan 9, 2016, 6:31 AM by Manny Carvalho
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