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County purchases Fort Daniel site

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.

Comments

R 1 year, 11 months ago

Certainly an apparent reasonable price for a year end stocking stuffer.

Glad to see a return on that million dollar land acquisition/development education we paid for a couple of years back...

So how much will it cost to move the 4 acres over to the Environmental Center in Buford so it can sit along side the other recent historical additions?

It's just all in the timing...

After-all, its not like we'll see an increase in taxes or anything.

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NorcrossDot 1 year, 11 months ago

So typical on all government levels. We (they) are broke, people are suffering etc, etc and the governments just keep spending. I will continue my past voting decisions vote out the incumbent and try someone new.

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BufordGuy 1 year, 11 months ago

That particular incumbent sat in his last meeting last night. I will say I can accept this purchase, though. The money was there earmarked in SPLOST and it didn't go to make some commissioner or their friends rich. That's a step in the right direction.

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notblind 1 year, 11 months ago

The land speculators missed this one. Pay Ms. Grant $241K and sell it 3 hours later to the taxpayer for $3M.

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SurelyNot 1 year, 11 months ago

For us with roots in GWinnett, I say Thanks for preserving some of our history. Was a very reasonable price.

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NewsReader 1 year, 11 months ago

Having thought about this transaction, why didn't you move that old house and barn over there instead of the Heritage Center if you knew there was an intent to purchase this land? And it would have been quite a natural fit too. It would have been much closer and certainly would have cost a lot less to move it just a mile down the road.

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gordon7 1 year, 11 months ago

Great purchase and a very reasonable price. I'm glad they were able to protect that spot. For years I have driven by and wondered why there hasn't been more of an effort to turn Ft. Daniel into an educational, historical site. It would have been a crime to see the site become a gas station or strip shopping center.

It would be ideal, in the years ahead, to try to build a replica of the fort and an observation tower at the site as it certainly sits on a high point. Ft. Daniel could be quite an educational opportunity for local schools.

Bold, intelligent thinking on the part of the commissioners. Thanks!!

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