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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.

  • ANNUAL MEETING • PROGRAM • RECEPTION Thursday, January 9, 2020  •  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 Chris Worick will present THE DAUGHTERS OF "DEVIL DAN" – In the last few weeks of 1919, the Buffalo Motion Picture Corporation set up shop in Dahlonega, and filmed several scenes around Lumpkin County for the silent movie, The Daughter of “Devil Dan.” The original movie starred Irma Harrison and Kemper Greene. It debuted in 1921 and was shown in theaters across the country.

    Fellowship and refreshments will follow the program.

    The Community House, 111 North Park St.
    Please come early and bring a finger food for the refreshments table.

    Annual Dues are payable in January.

    Posted Dec 28, 2019, 10:17 PM by Manny Carvalho
  • History and Archaeology at Scull Shoals Mill Town by Jack Wynn; Thur. 14 Nov. @ 7 pm, Community House.

    On Thursday night, November 14, Dr. Jack Wynn will present “History and Archaeology at Scull Shoals Mill Town, Greene County” to the Lumpkin County Historical Society in the Community House.   The history of Scull Shoals included nearly 100 years of frontier defense, paper and cotton milling, fire, droughts and flooding, ended by a devastating flood in 1887. 

    Personalities such at Dr. Thomas Poullain and Dr. Lindsey Durham dominated and influenced the town, and included hotelier and healer Agnes Paschal, who later moved to Auraria as an influential figure in the gold rush era. 

    Dr. Wynn served as Forest Archaeologist for the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests from 1979-2000, and was involved in historical, archaeological and genealogical research on the old mill village for much of that time.  He directed Passport In Time archaeological investigations there from 1997-2003, writing the project report in 2006.  He presented papers on the Scull Shoals project in Ottawa, Canada, and in Georgia.  He helped found the non-profit Friends of Scull Shoals, Inc. in 1996, and they held 19th Century craft festivals at the site for several years.  

    Visitors are welcome

    Posted Nov 7, 2019, 8:47 AM by Manny Carvalho
  • Lost Towns of North Georgia by Lisa Russel on Thurs., Oct. 10, 7pm @ Community House

    Throughout the northern part of our state lie forgotten remains of many short lived communities. Lisa Russel has done extensive research locating these small towns.  Since documenting how many towns have been lost to time, Lisa has written several books on the subject. They include “Lost Towns of North Georgia” and “Underwater Ghost Towns of North Georgia.”

    Ms. Russell’s books will be available after the program. The cost is $20.00 each, or two for $35.00.

    Thursday, October 10, 7:00 p.m.

    Community House, 111 North Park Street

    Come and bring a friend!
    Posted Sep 25, 2019, 1:29 PM by Manny Carvalho
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