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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, on our Facebook page and in the Dahlonega Nugget.  Membership is open to everyone.  To become a member please see the About Us section.

Please look around the site and see what we have to offer.  Use the navigation on the top left or this sitemap to see our content.


Recent Announcements

  • This section lists the last 3 recent announcements.  All announcements are available here. To monitor changes try this service.

  • “Guests of the County” by Chris Worick on Feb. 8; 7 pm @ Historic 1884 Jail
    Chris Worick will present a brief history of the  1884 Jail.  What better place to learn about a building than from the inside! This month’s meeting will take place in the Historic 1884 Jail. Chris will describe the unique construction, both inside and out, of the building that housed prisoners for over 80 years.  Then we will split up into small groups and visit each area of the museum for a few minutes. There you will find docents who will tell stories “from both sides of the bars.”

    Come and bring a friend to A Night at the Museum on Feb 8 at 7 pm

    The Jail is located at 75 Enota St., Dahlonega  map link                   There is plenty of parking out  back with easy access through the back door. 

    Posted Jan 24, 2018, 8:00 AM by Admin Lumpkin
  • Newsletter
    The most recent (12/17, vol 49)  Now and Then Newsletter is posted here: Newsletter
    Posted Jan 10, 2018, 8:53 AM by Admin Lumpkin
  • ANNUAL MEETING, OYSTERS & POSSUM Thursday, January 11, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
    January is the time we hold our brief annual meeting where we conduct the business of the Society, including the year’s financial report and election of Officers and Directors.

    Following the business meeting, Amos Amerson will present When People Feasted on Oysters and Possum.  Today in America, turkey is the primary entrée for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and many other celebrations, but it wasn’t always that way. Our guest speaker, Amos Amerson, will tell us how Oysters and Possum put a different spin on holiday feasting.

    Please come early and BRING A FINGER FOOD TREAT to share when we gather for refreshments and fellowship after the meeting.

     Thursday, January 11, 2018, 7:00 p.m.  The Community House, 111 North Park St.

    Annual Dues are payable in January.

    Posted Jan 4, 2018, 7:46 AM by Admin Lumpkin
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