Lawrenceville in Gwinnett County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Gwinnett County Creation
The first meetings, court proceedings, and elections were held at the home of Elisha and Philadelphia Winn. Today, the house is the oldest surviving building in the county. The Gwinnett Historical Society hosts the annual Elisha Winn Festival there.
Elisha Winn served in many roles in the community. He helped select the central location for the courthouse and jail on Land Lot 146, which he purchased for $200. The newly created city of Lawrenceville became the county seat in 1821.
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How did Gwinnett County gets its name? Button Gwinnett was one of three Georgians to sign the Declaration of Independence. Source: Digital Library of Georgia
Gwinnett's western border is the Chattahoochee River, which was a dividing line between the Creek Indians to the south and the Cherokee Indians to the north. Source: New Georgia Encyclopedia
This colorized postcard from 1914 depicts the Historic Courthouse as it was before renovations. Source: Gwinnett Historical Society
The home of Elisha Winn, where the county's first meetings, elections, and court proceedings were held. The renovated structure is the oldest surviving building in the county.
The Winn property also houses this one-room jail. Source: GwinettCitizen.com
Erected 2018 by Gwinnett County.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Political Subdivisions. A significant historical year for this entry is 1818.
Location. 33° 57.279′ N, 83° 59.353′ W. Marker is in Lawrenceville, Georgia, in Gwinnett County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South Perry Street (Georgia Route 20) and Luckie Street, on the left when traveling south. Marker is located on the west side of Gwinnett County Bicentennial Plaza. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 275 S Perry St, Lawrenceville GA 30046, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Land Lottery of 1820 (here, next to this marker); Fort Daniel and the Georgia Frontier (a few steps from this marker); From Near and Far (a few steps from this marker); Gwinnett: A Great Investment (within shouting distance of this marker); Gwinnett County Bicentennial Time Capsule (within shouting distance of this marker); Unsurpassed Quality of Life (within shouting distance of this marker); The Land We Love (within shouting distance of this marker); Lake Lanier is Born (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lawrenceville.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 12, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 12, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.