Lumpkin, incorporated March 30, 1829, is the county seat for Stewart County. The city honors Wilson Lumpkin, a two-term governor of Georgia, U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator. He was a leading advocate of state rights and "Indian Removal."
Constructed in 1896, the courthouse in Stewart County burned down in 1922. Just a year later, the town rebuilt the courthouse, and it is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Providence Canyon Conservation Park, located in Lumpkin, is a collection of canyons and gullies. The largest of these is "Grandfather Canyon," which is a half mile long, 300 feet wide and 150 feet deep. The 1,061-acre park also protects the largest natural collection of the rare "Plumleaf Azalea" in the world.