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The Elisha Winn House

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The Elisha Winn House was built about 1812 in the headright lands of Jackson County - six years before  Gwinnett County was created. During this period, Elisha Winn was a Justice of Inferior Court in Jackson  County from 1815 to 1817. Elisha, together with Roger and Elijah Pugh, purchased the 7,300-acre Jones  
tract on the Appalachee River from the Jackson County tax collector in 1809 of which this property was  part. The property became part of Gwinnett County on December 15, 1818, when the Georgia legislature created the counties of Gwinnett, Walton, and Hall, in part from headright lands of Jackson County, but  mostly from former Indian lands ceded to the State of Georgia. To see the Winn House site map click HERE.

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The Elisha Winn property gained historical significance  because in this house much of the planning for the new county took place; and, here the first functions of  county government were carried out. Inferior Court and the first county elections were held in the parlor,  and by early spring of 1819, Gwinnett County had a full slate of elected county officials made up of a  Sheriff, Clerk of Superior Court, Clerk of Inferior Court, Tax Collector, Tax Receiver, Coroner, and  Surveyor. The first five judges of the Inferior Court were commissioned on February 2, 1819. Elisha Winn  was commissioned a judge of the Inferior Court to succeed Samuel Reid on July 21, 1820, and served this  position through 1825, becoming state senator from Gwinnett County in 1826, and a state representative  from Gwinnett in 1830, 1833, and 1837. 

Listen to caretaker, Amos Hutchins (1913 - 1992) He grew up in a tenant home across from the Elisha Winn House which was both owned then by the Sims Family and later became the property’s caretaker.

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More photos and artifacts from the historic Elisha Winn House are available via our Member's Only Portal
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Through the Years


About a half mile from the Apalachee River, Elisha Winn built this house in 1812. The Winn's had 13 children. Their son, Judge Richard Dickinson Winn, helped to preserve much of Gwinnett's early history in his biographical sketches of the county's pioneers that were printed in the local newspaper. Prior to the Gwinnett Historical Society buying the house and three acres in 1978, owners other than the Winn family included the Ambrose family, the Sims family, and the Baptist Association of Texas. The Elisha Winn House, its out buildings, and the 19.2 acres on which they sit make up the Winn House. The buildings are a rehabilitation project of the Gwinnett Historical Society. Read more...

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Available for Purchase

The Elisha Winn House - Birthplace of Gwinnett County is about the history of the Winn House and it's inhabitants. Fill out our form below to order this book or contact us via the email form on the site.

Elisha Winn Book
Winn Fair

The Winn Fair

This is an annual festival that takes place on the Winn House grounds and allows guests to travel back in time. History buffs will have the chance to tour the Winn home which was built more than 200 years ago and played a significant role in the early days of Gwinnett County. In addition to touring the historic home, guests will be able to hear live music; watch 1812 militia reenactments; browse craft and food vendors; and watch demonstrations that range from blacksmithing to butter churning.


The Winn Fair admission costs $5 per person; children 12 and under are free.

The Winn Fair is traditionally held the first full weekend of October. The 2024 fair will be October 5th and 6th.
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opening gate at the winn fair
artist performing at the winn fair


Food and craft vendors fill the Winn House grounds. Guests are able to view demonstrations of various 19th century activities, including blacksmithing, weaving, spinning and butter churning.  Attendees may also catch one of the many civil war or militia reenactments. For those interested in being a part of next year's Winn Fair, whether you want to share your time-honored crafts, are an exhibitor or a food vendor, you can find the appropriate applications below. Select and download the form and either mail it in to our office or email:

More photos dating back to some of our first Winn Fairs are available via our Member's Only Portal

The Winn House is located 4.1 miles south of the Hamilton Mill Road Exit; off Interstate 85, 1.9 miles north of the Dacula city limits sign on Dacula Road, and 3.2 miles north of the traffic light at the intersection of Highway 29 and Dacula Road.

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