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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.

  • New Now and then Newsletter
    Volume 50 published July 2018 has been added to the Newsletter section.
    Posted Jul 6, 2018, 11:29 AM by Manny Carvalho
  • A Walking Tour of the Public Square by Caitlin Mee. Thurs. 12Jul18 7pm Visitor's Center
    Since the founding of Dahlonega in 1833, the Public Square has been a focal point of activity. The diversity in architectural styles reflect how Dahlonega has changed and still retained its small town character over the decades. The focus of Ms. Mee’s presentation will discuss what makes the buildings unique, and how they reflect various themes in architecture which were popular throughout Dahlonega’s history.

    Caitlin Mee Presesents
    Thursday, July 12, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

    On the Public square  – in front of the Visitors’ Center


    Note: Since this walking tour will be outdoors, it is advisable to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a bottle of water. In case of rain, the program will be moved to the Dahlonega Community House at 111 North Park Street


    The program is free and the public is invited to attend.

    Posted Jun 25, 2018, 9:47 AM by Manny Carvalho
  • Do No Harm by Carol Dooley; Thur. 10 May 2018 @ 7 pm Community House

    Carol B.C. Dooley of Dawsonville will present “Do No Harm,” cemetery and headstone conservation techniques.

    After attending her first cemetery conservation workshop in the deep woods of Virginia almost four years ago, Carol has made it her mission to educate others on cemetery preservation. This enthusiasm led Carol to attend three additional workshops and also gave her the opportunity to study under Johnathon Appell, one of the nation’s top conservators.

    Thursday, May 10, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
    The Community House  --  111 North Park Street

    Come and bring a friend.
    Posted May 1, 2018, 7:41 AM by Manny Carvalho
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