HOW WE CAME TO BE
The Gwinnett Historical Society was organized in June 1966 through the efforts of about thirteen individuals who foresaw the need to preserve historical sites and cemeteries endangered by the impending development boom.
WHAT WE DO
The Gwinnett Historical Society is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and promotion of Gwinnett County, its families lineage, Georgia’s history and its genealogy.
The Gwinnett Historical Society and it's members work to preserve and archive family history records of the early settlers and those involving churches, schools, organizations, and other institutions.
The Gwinnett Historical Society is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that depends on membership dues, fundraisers, grants, and donations from the community and all of those interested in preserving history.
A County and people of Resilience
Gwinnett County was created on December 15, 1818, and named for Button Gwinnett, one of the three Georgia signers of the Declaration of Independence. The county was formed from the combination of land that was ceded to the state of Georgia by the Cherokee and Creek Indians and a portion of Jackson County. Its agrarian economy first centered on subsistence farming and livestock raising with cotton later became a predominant cash crop. Profitability was further enhanced for some through the introduction of enslaved labor. By 1850, Lawrenceville was a city and the county seat. The Civil War (1861-65) caused Lawrenceville to lose its cotton mill which was burnt down by Union troops. Although the County, overall, was spared major structural damage due to the War, its economy was still greatly impacted.
The economy fortunately started to rebound after the War with the completion of the Southern Railroad (1871), and the Seaboard Air Line Railroad (1892) which both encouraged further settlement. Small towns such as Duluth, Suwanee, Dacula, Lilburn formed along those lines. Light industry made its appearance with saddlery, harnesses, and later shoes being made in Buford, and textiles in Lawrenceville. Cotton growers however soon faced another economic hardship. By 1900. the boll weevil, falling cotton prices, and a population boom in Atlanta, influenced a shift from cotton growing to dairy farming.
By the 1950s, highways and the hydroelectricity produced by the Buford Dam launched Gwinnett into the modern era. Gwinnett’s great location and continued improvements in infrastructure made the county grow. Today, Gwinnett’s proximity to Metro Atlanta and Athens now makes it an attractive area for technological investment and a premier choice for residence. At present, it is one of the fastest growing and diverse counties in the United States.
Gwinnett County is the second largest county in the state of Georgia with over 2,000 original publications.
The Gwinnett Historical Society is solely responsible for restoring and operating the historic, Elisha Winn House, its outbuildings and grounds.
Our society's volunteers, staff and member's have procured funding for the digitalization of Gwinnett County historic newspapers.
The Gwinnett Historical Society maintains the only genealogical library in the county.
Our Society and archivists have researched and documented over 400 cemeteries.
Our society members have researched and published the Gwinnett County, Georgia Deaths 1818 – 1989 book.
Meet the Society Volunteers
Richard Lux, Treasurer
Bobbie Tkacik, Cemeteries
Donna Peeples, Communications
Peggie Johnson, First Families
Peggie Johnson, Genealogy
Hugh McMillian, Historian
Richard Lux, Research Library
Priscilla Failmezger, Membership
Position Open, Newsletter
Diane McCormic, Preservation
Position Open, Publications
Betty Warbington, Winn Property
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
OUR HISTORY TOLD BY MEMBERS
Gwinnett Historical Society members share stories of Union Soldiers from Georgia and Gwinnett County. Some old newsletters and pamphlets dating back to 1907.