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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.

  • Field Trip: The Cabin in the Laurel, June 6th, Saturday

    We're all set to take a field trip on Saturday morning, June 6, instead of meeting for our regular June program.  This trip  will be for members and their guests only.  

    "The Cabin in the Laurel" is 11 miles from Dahlonega in the direction of Cleveland. It is a private museum consisting of  a "collection of about 20 antique log buildings sited on several acres.The layout is an 1800 Appalachian homestead with grist mill, barn, cabin, whiskey still, syrup mill, blacksmith shop and several antique tool collections.  A one room school-church is made of huge logs. All buildings are filled with period artifacts." No charge, but if we want to leave a donation, it will be given to the White County Food Pantry. Transportation around the grounds will be provided for the less able-bodied.
    Pack a picnic lunch, and meet us there between 9:30-10:00 a.m. for a tour to begin around 10:00. Then we will gather on the grounds for a picnic lunch around noon. 

    Directions from Dahlonega : Take 52 East, turn left on Rock House Road. Dead end, turn right on Cavender Creek Rd. Turn left on Town Creek Church Rd. for 5 miles. Dead end, turn right on Town Creek Rd, then immediately left on Adair Mill Rd. Go one mile. Cabin in the Laurel is on the left with a black board fence out front. If you get lost, call  706-219-2076 h • 706-809-2420 c

    Physical address: 2486 Adair Mill Rd, Cleveland, GA 30528

    RSVP by e-mail to LCHSociety@Gmail.com

    Posted by Manny Carvalho
  • Eighth Grade History Essay & Appalachian Weaving - Th., 14May2015, 7pm; Community House
    This month our meeting includes two topics:
    1.  The 2015  Eight Grade History Essay Winners Awards Presentation
    In a departure from our normal procedure the Eight Grade History Essay Awards are being presented by themselves.  Come see which eight grader came up with the best historical essay on a topic that impacts Lumpkins County History.

    2. Appalachian Weaving

    Jo-Marie Karst, Weaving and Textile Design Instructor in the Department of Visual Arts at UNG will give a brief history of weaving in Appalachia, and display printed copies of drafts from the Lorenzo Dow Davis collection and their translation by Barbara Miller. She will also bring three portable looms to the meeting. Each loom will be dressed in a different pattern from the Lorenzo Dow Davis Collection. Two recent UNG graduates, Laura Beth Tuttle and Leah Westberry, will assist in demonstrating the weaving process and answering questions that may arise while they are weaving. There will also be an opportunity for members to weave on the looms.
    Admission is free so bring a friend.
    Thursday, May 14, 2015 • 7:00 p.m.
    Dahlonega Community House
    111 North Park Street, Dahlonega, GA 30533

    Posted May 12, 2015, 6:00 AM by Manny Carvalho
  • 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
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