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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.

  • Celebrate the Season with your Historical Society Friends
    It’s the time of year for fun and parties ... to catch up with old friendships and get to know new friends a little better. 

    What facet of Lumpkin County history do you want to learn about?  The party will include a brainstorming session for your ideas for future programs. 

    Contribute to our Holiday Table with a favorite festive finger food to share.  See you there!

    Thursday, December 13 2018
    7 p.m. at the Community House
    11 North Park Street, Dahlonega 
    Posted Nov 30, 2018, 7:09 AM by Manny Carvalho
  • Video: Spanish Flu Impact on Lumpkin County by Chris Worick
    The video of this presentation is available here: video
    Posted Nov 27, 2018, 8:46 PM by Manny Carvalho
  • Chris Worick: Spanish Flu Impact on Lumpkin co. Thurs. Nov 8 @ 7pm Community House

    As World War One finally came to an end on Nov. 11th, 1918, the world was in the grip of an enemy far more deadly. The Spanish influenza had spread like wildfire around the globe killing more people than the battlefields of Europe. 

    In Lumpkin County, the first cases of this silent killer began to appear in September. Without vaccinations or a known cure, many died from the virus.  Based on news articles from The Dahlonega Nugget and other local sources, Chris will recount how this terrible disease killed more than fifty of Lumpkin County’s residents in the final months of 1918. 

    Come and bring a friend.

    Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
    The Community House • 111 North Park St.
    Posted Oct 26, 2018, 9:58 PM by Manny Carvalho
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