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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.

  • Who’s Burning Down "Gold Town?” by Jim Kinney. Thurs. 11 July @ 7pm;

    In the Spring of 1969, a series of mysterious fires plagued the Dahlonega area. Old and vacant buildings were set ablaze for no apparent reason. This caused great concern among the local residents who were wondering if perhaps they might be next. Not only did the interest in the Dahlonega fires make local news, but the story was reported as far away as Australia! In July 1969, when City Hall caught fire, clues finally began to emerge about who was responsible. Retired FBI agent and LCHS member Jim Kinney will tell this exciting story.  Come and bring a friend

    Who’s Burning Down "Gold Town?”
    The 50th anniversary of the Dahlonega City Hall Fire.
    Thursday, July 11, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
    the Community House, 111 North Park St.


    Posted Jul 6, 2019, 8:29 PM by Manny Carvalho
  • Innovations in Lumpkin by Chris Berkelaar; 13 Jun @ 7pm Community House

    Local resident and UNG history student Chris Berkelaar will present “Innovations In Lumpkin County.” for our June program. In the latter half of the nineteenth century, Lumpkin County became a testing area for many unique and unusual methods of mining and other economic ventures. Chris’ presentation will tell about some of the interesting inventions and technologies used, and in some cases created in Dahlonega. Men of vision such as Frank Hall and Philologus Hawkins Loud are two of the notable inventors whom Chris will highlight in his program.

     Thursday, June 13, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

     Community House, 111 North Park St.

    Come and bring a friend

    Posted Jun 12, 2019, 10:12 PM by Manny Carvalho
  • The Earliest Days of Radio by Jim Del Principe. Thurs., Mar. 14, 2019 @ 7pm

    We will start our program by honoring three 8th grade History student winners of our annual History Essay Contest. 

    Then Jim Del Principe will present a program on the very earliest days of radio and the people who contributed to this art and science, up to about 1940 when it was mature. He will bring a number of radios from about 1915 to 1940, many of them working, and a small transmitter to play music over them so we can actually hear how they sounded when they were new. He will also bring a “Spark Transmitter” from about 1915 so we can hear the earliest sounds of Morse code that was sent from ship to ship and ship to shore.

    Thursday, March 14, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

    The Community House, 111 North Park St. 

    Come and bring a friend!
    Posted Feb 28, 2019, 8:37 PM by Manny Carvalho
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