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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.

  • Newsletter is here
    The latest issue - vol 54, Oct 2020 - of the Now and Then Newsletter is now available: click here
    Posted Sep 24, 2020, 9:47 PM by Admin Lumpkin
  • 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment by Robbie Niles; Thurs., Mar. 12 @ 7pm

    Robbie Niles presents the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendement. One hundred years ago, on August 26, 1920, an amendment was made to the Constitution of the United States  guaranteeing women the right to vote. Namely: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."

    The women of Lumpkin County were no shrinking violets. By all accounts, they were well aware of what was happening elsewhere, but their opinions didn’t make the news.  This presentation reiterates the highlights well known to most of us of the suffragists’ efforts to attain full rights of citizenship by having a voice in issues that affect all citizens, including women, through voting. 

    Come and bring a friend.

    Thursday, March 12 • 7:00 p.m.
    The Community House, 111 North Park St.
    Posted Feb 22, 2020, 10:29 PM by Manny Carvalho
  • SOAPSTONE and its early uses in Lumpkin County by Chris Worick; Thu., 13 Feb, 7pm @ Community House

    Chris Worick presents SOAPSTONE and its early uses in Lumpkin County 

    Dating back to antiquity, soapstone has been recognized as one of the most abundant resources found throughout the world. Due to its relative softness, soapstone has been used for centuries in many applications. Native American people used soapstone for a variety of items such as pipes, cooking bowls,and ceremonial objects.The first settlers of Lumpkin County found not only gold, but also soapstone in abundance. Easily recognized by its distinctive gray-green color and often shiny appearance, soapstone was preferred by our early settlers because it was found in abundance and could be easily cut into workable sections or blocks. 

    Many pioneers used soapstone in their fireplace hearths because of its heat retaining properties and durability. Today, the most obvious reminders of soapstone’s extensive use can be found in our cemeteries and headstones throughout Lumpkin County.

     Thursday, February 13 • 7:00 p.m. • The Community House, 111 North Park St.

    Come and bring a friend.

    Posted Feb 4, 2020, 11:18 PM by Manny Carvalho
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