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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.

  • Heirloom Seed Program & Display at the LUMPKIN COUNTY LIBRARY starting May 15.

    In partnership with the Appalachian Studies Center of UNG, the library is pleased to display last year’s communograph which is a large fabric display detailing a map of Lumpkin County, with photos of seeds, plants, and community members transferred onto large pieces of fabric.  It will be displayed at the Lumpkin County Library beginning May 15.  This year’s communograph will be displayed beginning May  22.  Both will remain on display at the library through June 12.    As a celebration of the heirloom seed project, volunteers from the Appalachian Studies Center will be presenting a FREE program at the Lumpkin County Library on Thursday, May 29, from 5:30 – 6:30.  The program will present an opportunity for the community to learn more about the preservation and sustainability of heirloom seeds, as well as learn about the connection that Lumpkin County residents have had in celebrating their Appalachian heritage.

    Many of us have a family treasure that has been passed down from generation to generation.  Perhaps you cherish a family Bible that used to belong to your great-great-grandmother or an old music box that played when your grandfather was a young child.  Did you know that some families pass down seeds?  Heirloom seeds are those that have been passed down from one generation to another.  Most heirloom seeds have been carefully grown and saved because they possess some quality, such as taste, hardiness, or productivity that has set them apart.   Some heirloom seeds have been harvested and saved for 100 years or more.   Students at the University of North Georgia have collected heirloom seeds from Dahlonega and the surrounding communities.  Not only have they collected the seeds, but they have gathered the stories behind them from gardeners and families throughout Lumpkin County. 

    Through their project, “Heirloom Seed Keepers & their Stories:  Growing community and sustainability through arts-based research,” the students and faculty through the Appalachian Studies Center at UNG hope to preserve Appalachian culture and heritage in the community.

    Posted Apr 21, 2014, 9:04 AM by Manny Carvalho
  • 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
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