Landmark post office to get park treatment

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A historic landmark will soon get the park treatment, with restrooms, walkways and signage for self-guided tours.

The historic Yellow River post office building, which was built in 1840, was restored by the county several years ago. The job was controversial, placing the building's status on the National Register of Historic Places in jeopardy because of it was moved farther away from Five Forks Trickum Road to allow for a widening.

Now, though, the landmark will become a part of the county's historic inventory.

The improvements, which also include parking, landscaping, picnic tables and trash cans, will provide better access to the former Hudson-Nash farmstead, which also includes a slave quarters and a barn, a press release said.

Todd Smith Grading Inc. won a $455,132 contract for the work, which should be completed by spring of 2012.

Other historic sites operated by Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation include Freeman's Mill Gristmill in Dacula, McDaniel Farm in Duluth, and the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, Isaac Adair House and Lawrenceville Female Seminary in Lawrenceville, and the Chesser Williams House located on the campus of the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center in Buford.