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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.

  • Chris Worick: Spanish Flu Impact on Lumpkin co. Thurs. Nov 8 @ 7pm Community House

    As World War One finally came to an end on Nov. 11th, 1918, the world was in the grip of an enemy far more deadly. The Spanish influenza had spread like wildfire around the globe killing more people than the battlefields of Europe. 

    In Lumpkin County, the first cases of this silent killer began to appear in September. Without vaccinations or a known cure, many died from the virus.  Based on news articles from The Dahlonega Nugget and other local sources, Chris will recount how this terrible disease killed more than fifty of Lumpkin County’s residents in the final months of 1918. 

    Come and bring a friend.

    Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
    The Community House • 111 North Park St.
    Posted Oct 26, 2018, 9:58 PM by Manny Carvalho
  • PHIL HUDGINS;TRAVELS WITH FOXFIRE - Thur. 11 Oct 18 @ 7pm - Park % Rec Bldg
    Travels with Foxfire by Phil Hudgins with co-writer Jessica Phillips was just released in August. Its New York publisher describes it as “stories of people, passions, and practices from Southern Appalachia – a joyful tribute to the history, the geography, and the traditions that define Appalachia living.” It has also received great reviews from “The Wall Street Journal,” “Garden and Gun,” “Kirkus Reviews” and “Publishers Weekly.”

    Travels with Foxfire has several Lumpkin County connections including a chapter on former sole commissioner J.B. Jones, Monday night music gatherings in the Auraria Community, and quotes from several Lumpkin County residents. 

    Books will be available for sale and for signing after the meeting for $19.95 + tax. Cash, check or credit card are acceptable.

    Thursday, October 11, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
    Park and Rec building • 365 Riley Rd., Dahlonega
    (off of Morrison Moore Parkway ... behind the new Court House and before City Hall) 

    LCHS invites everyone to attend.  Light refreshments will be served.
    Posted Sep 27, 2018, 12:47 PM by Manny Carvalho
  • 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
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