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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 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 membership 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.

  • Gen. John B. Hood; Another Look by Steve Davis; 7pm, Thurs. March 9 @ Community House
    Author Steve Davis takes another look at Confederate General John B. Hood in the Battle of Atlanta  and what we’ve learned since the Centennial.  Dr. Davis has been a Civil War buff since fourth grade and is a popular speaker on this subject. Soldiers from Lumpkin County participated in the Battle of Atlanta in State Guard and Militia Units.

    Stay after the program to chat with the author who will have his books available for sale.

    7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 9, 2017
    Community House, 111 North Park Street
    Come, and bring a friend.

    Posted Feb 23, 2017, 5:43 AM by Admin Lumpkin
  • History of the Lumpkin County Library by Diane Bates; 9 Feb 17; 7pm @ Community House
    Lumpkin County Library marks its 100th anniversary this year.  Diane Bates, President of the Friends of the Lumpkin County Library, will speak on the history of our library. 
    Library patrons may have noticed the corner  fireplace (a fireplace? in a library?) with a portrait of a man hanging above it. What many people may not know is his name, and why his picture hangs there.
    We welcome everyone to join us to hear how our library was born, and how it has grown from a few donated books in 1917 to its present size – and a bonus look into the future – a proposed larger, more diversified library building, now in the planning stages.
    Come, and bring a friend.
    7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the  Community House, 111 North Park Street
    Posted Jan 27, 2017, 7:05 AM by Manny Carvalho
  • Annual Meeting - Thurs, 12 Jan 17 @ 7pm; Community House

    Our annual business meeting will be in the first month of 2017. 

    Remembering “Daddy” Barnes

    Following the meeting, Larry Scott, local storyteller, will present the life and times of the beloved “Daddy Barnes.”  His name was John Clements Barnes, but those who knew him for the 50 plus years he was associated with North Georgia Agricultural College (now UNG) called him, “Daddy Barnes.” He was a most versatile individual who taught math, ran the college farm, supervised dormitories and dining hall, managed the college finances, and was the engineer in charge of new construction on the college campus. The students loved him and he returned their affection by giving them clever nicknames, loaning them money for tuition and giving them jobs around campus so they would be able to stay in school.

    The public is cordially invited to attend, and share their stories and recollections of “Daddy” Barnes.

    Annual Dues are payable in January
    7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 12, 2017
    Community House, 111 North Park Street
    Posted Dec 31, 2016, 6:59 AM by Manny Carvalho
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