Bus tour to visit historic sites on Friday

LAWRENCEVILLE - At seven months old, it's still brand new. But residents' requests have already added Lilburn's Hindu mandir to a bus tour of historic sites in the county.

The tour, which takes place Friday, will visit McDaniel Farm Park and the historic courthouse and drive residents past the mandir, the Lawrenceville Female Seminary, the Yellow River Post Office and several parks and historic homes.

Elaine Powell, the recreation leader for the Gwinnett History Museum, said she started the tours as an intern in November. On the first trip, 42 people took the day-long jaunt around the county.

This time, the tour is limited to Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Duluth and Norcross to allow participants to spend more time at the sites. Powell said 20 people have already signed up and there are 35 slots available.

She said she also plans to offer a similar tour for people who want to see historic sites in the north end of the county. Powell plans to do a tour every three months or so.

After the first tour, residents had positive responses to the trip, she said. Participants this time will get to see where the jury was called from in the historic courthouse and learn about the animals that wandered into courtrooms. There will also be time to do some shopping and have lunch in historic Norcross.

The six-hour trip begins at 9 a.m. at Rhodes Jordan Park

"I'm very excited about it," Powell said.

The tour costs $15 per person, plus the cost of lunch. For more information or to register - the deadline is Wednesday - call 770-822-5178.