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Lawrenceville in Gwinnett County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Freeman's Mill

 
 
Freeman's Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, February 20, 2018
1. Freeman's Mill Marker
Inscription.
Freeman's Mill
Welcome to Freeman's Mill, the last operating gristmill in Gwinnett County. From the late 1860s to 1986, Freeman's Mill provided wheat flour, corn meal and feed meal for the county's residents and their animals. Its pond afforded nearby Alcova Baptist Church with a Baptismal, and the millhouse itself provided a gathering place for the surrounding rural community.

In the 21st century, Freeman's Mill Park offers Gwinnett County residents a sense of its agricultural past. Grist milling was an important part of farming life in Gwinnett County. In 1840, the county had 33 gristmills. In 1880, there were 30. Once a common site on Georgia's Piedmont rivers, mills such as the Freeman's Mill are rapidly disappearing.

The historical significance of this well-preserved mill property was recognized in 1998 when the mill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2002, the mill property was acquired by Gwinnett County with funding available from the Georgia Greenspace Program. Gwinnett County recognizes the historical significance of this landmark, the only surviving water-powered gristmill in the county.

In 2009, the mill was raised 5 feet in place to raise it above the 100-year flood elevation. The mill building will be renovated and preserved in the future to allow
Freeman's Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, February 20, 2018
2. Freeman's Mill Marker
The mill can be seen in the distance. The park was undergoing construction at the time of this photo.
tours of the interior.

Captions:
Alcovy Road Bridge, Mill, 1971
Customers at Freeman’s Mill, 1912
Lewis Swann’s concrete waterfall, 1967
 
Location. 33° 57.755′ N, 83° 55.572′ W. Marker is in Lawrenceville, Georgia, in Gwinnett County. Marker is on Alcovy Road SE west of Sweet Pond Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is at the far western end of the parking lot for the Freeman's Mill recreation area at this location. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1404-1458 Alcovy Rd SE, Lawrenceville GA 30045, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Dr. William Hinton House (approx. 3 miles away); The Home of Major William E. Simmons (approx. 3.6 miles away); Garrard’s Cavalry Raid (approx. 3.6 miles away); Button Gwinnett (approx. 3.6 miles away); Birthplace of Bill Arp (approx. 3.6 miles away); Gwinnett County (approx. 3.6 miles away); Confederate Veterans of Gwinnett County, Georgia (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lawrenceville.
 
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Freeman's Mill image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 4, 2018
3. Freeman's Mill
Freeman's Mill, seen through the woods image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, February 20, 2018
4. Freeman's Mill, seen through the woods
The Alcova Road Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, February 20, 2018
5. The Alcova Road Baptist Church
The church is mentioned in the marker text. It is approximately one-half mile east of the mill.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 21, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 107 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 21, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   3. submitted on February 22, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   4, 5. submitted on February 21, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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