County expands Fort Daniel historic site property
Lawrenceville – Gwinnett’s historic Fort Daniel site property got a little bigger Tuesday when commissioners agreed to buy 5.4 acres of adjoining property for $285,000.
Local archaeologists and historians found the original location of the fort in 2009. The County bought the original 4.3 acre site with SPLOST funds in 2012 and leased it to the Fort Daniel Foundation to maintain and operate as a permanent archaeological research preserve and active learning facility for researchers, educators and students.
Major General Allen Daniel commanded the 4th Division of Georgia’s militia and helped build Fort Daniel a few years before the formation of Gwinnett County in 1818. Historians believe the fort replaced or refurbished a 1790s frontier fort at the same location.
The Fort Daniel site is at 2505 Braselton Highway in northeastern Gwinnett County. More information about Gwinnett’s heritage programs is available online through the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center’s website at www.gwinnettehc.com.
Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “As Gwinnett County prepares to celebrate its 200th birthday in 2018, the preservation of additional property at one of our earliest historic sites seems most appropriate.”