Tuesday, December 11, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Fort Daniel once stood on the edge of the frontier, an outpost protecting settlers during the War of 1812.
Two hundred years later, the former bulwark got some protection itself, preserving the landmark from the creeping of suburbia, subdivisions and shopping centers.
On Tuesday, commissioners purchased the Hog Mountain spot, preserving it for future generations.
"To be able to preserve that part of history will pay dividends for centuries to come," Commissioner Mike Beaudreau said of the four acres along Braselton Highway.
While the fort, which predates the county, has been gone for more decades than anyone can remember, preservationists with the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society have unearthed the location of the walls and sifted through dirt for years to find artifacts. The group has lobbied the county to make the purchase and created a Fort Daniel Faire to teach kids and adults about the history and archeology.
Commissioners reached an agreement with Ann Grant to sell her acreage and home at the appraised value of $241,000. She will have three months to move out.
Community Services Director Phil Hoskins said no decisions have been made about the site.
"The main thing is to preserve the site," he said, adding that officials planned to discuss possible programming with the archeological group.