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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 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.

  • Madeleine K. Anthony Awards
    In memory of Madeleine K. Anthony, each year the Society takes pleasure in recognizing individuals and organizations for their contributions to the appreciation and preservation of Lumpkin County’s history during the preceding year. These contributions keep alive the heritage of Lumpkin County for future generations to enjoy.

    Thursday, April 9, 2015, 7:00 p.m. at the Community House, 111 North Park Street
    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 for the reception.
    Posted Mar 29, 2015, 10:56 AM by Manny Carvalho
  • Bear on the Square - Old Jail Tours.
    The 1884 Lumpkin County Jail & Museum will be open on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. during the Bear on the Square Mountain Festival for free tours.
    Posted Mar 24, 2015, 2:26 PM by Manny Carvalho
  • The Plunderer Comes to Town by Anne Amerson & Chris Worick; Thurs., 12 Mar. 2015, 7pm @ Dahlonega Community House

    "Sheer Thrills and Heart-Pounding Excitement that has never been excelled on the Screen! "  At least that's what the original advertisement for the 1915 movie The Plunderer opined.

    For several weeks in March of 1915, Dahlonega hosted some of the top names in the fledgling motion picture industry.   The Fox Film Corporation from New York had been scouting for a suitable location to film their upcoming version of "The Plunderer."  Based on the 1912 book by Roy Norton, "The Plunderer" offered everything that silent films were known for.  Action, romance, big saloon fights and  thrilling chase scenes were all set against the backdrop of a rugged gold mining town.  Starring film legend William Farnum in the lead role, "The Plunderer" debuted in theatres in June of 1915.
    Historical Society members Anne Amerson and Chris Worick will present this special program marking the 100th anniversary of when "The Plunderer" came to Dahlonega.  Mark your calendars and make plans to attend this centennial celebration. 
    Our program will take place on Thursday, March 12th at 7 pm in the Dahlonega Community House, 111 N. Park Street.  The public is invited to attend.

    Posted Feb 20, 2015, 8:34 AM by Manny Carvalho
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