3 Great Parks this Fall to Experience History in Gwinnett County

McDaniel Park Farm
Gwinnett Historic Courthouse

Gwinnett Historic Courthouse

Fall is the perfect time to enjoy exploring historic sites and landscapes. With the help of the Natural and Cultural Resources staff, one can tour the beautiful historic sites and learn about the rich history of Gwinnett County. The Lawrenceville Female Seminary property is located in downtown Lawrenceville and features the old school house and the Isaac Adair House with hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. There is also the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, built in 1885, sitting majestically on the square in historic downtown Lawrenceville. Not far from Lawrenceville, in Duluth, is the McDaniel Farm Park with operating hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday.

The Lawrenceville Female Seminary property features the old school house that played an important role in educating the county’s young ladies. Visitors will enjoy learning where the early movement of historic preservation started in Gwinnett County and hear the success stories of the Seminary and the Isaac Adair House. The Gwinnett Historic Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and open for self-guided tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday – Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.


McDaniel Farm Park sits on a 125-acre tract of virgin farmland, purchased by Gwinnett County in August of 2000. The park is located amidst some of Metro Atlanta’s most explosive development. The farm is an anomaly among its present surroundings, which are comprised of strip-malls, restaurants, hotels and office buildings. The land is a patchwork of forest, pasture and cultivated fields and is home to a variety of wildlife including, turkey, deer, foxes, coyote and native flora. This beautiful park has an assemblage of historic farm buildings including a late 19th-century farmhouse, an early 20th-century barn, a sharecropper’s cabin, as well as several outbuildings, all of which epitomize the characteristics of a turn of the century farm in Gwinnett.

The Natural and Cultural Resources staff is busy preparing for a holiday tea for all ages, updating the exhibits and teaching educational programs. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the upcoming living history program on Nov. 11, educational programs and candlelight tours.

Now is the perfect time to learn about the history of Gwinnett, as the county gets ready to celebrate its Bicentennial this winter. To learn more about these historic resources, and to register for upcoming programs please visit www.gwinnettparks.com

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