Fort Daniel event offers look at history

DACULA - Want to sift through some dirt in search of history?

Fort Daniel, one of the county's earliest historic sites is undergoing archaeological excavation and will host the Frontier Fort Faire from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The event is being held in conjunction with Archaeology Month.

Those who attend can sift through dirt in search of pieces of history untouched by human hands in more than 200 years. Items unearthed in the site excavation include pottery, black bottle glass, musket balls, flint and an 18th century Spanish coin.

Saturday's event, which will include militia demonstrations, construction of a scaled replica of the fort's stockade and blockhouse, blacksmithing, kids' activities and more, is free to the public. Donations will be welcomed as the Friends of Fort Daniel are raising money to purchase the historic site to prevent commercial development there.

The Frontier Fort Faire is being sponsored by the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society and The Georgia Trust, which named Fort Daniel one of its top 10 places in peril in 2009.

SideBar: If you go

· What: Frontier Fort Faire

· When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

· Where: Fort Daniel, 2505 Braselton Highway

· Cost: Free; donations welcome

· For more information: E-mail secoffey@bellsouth.net