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Fort Daniel celebrates its past with fair

BUFORD -- Calling all history buffs: Here's another chance to learn about the past while celebrating the future in Gwinnett County.

On Saturday (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Ft. Daniel at Hog Mountain is hosting its fourth annual Frontier Faire at the property at 2505 Braselton Highway in Buford. The legendary landmark is 200 years old this weekend.

Fort Daniel was a War of 1812 fort constructed by the Jackson County militia -- now Gwinnett County -- by order of Maj. Gen. Allen Daniel, Commander of the 4th Division of Georgia's Militia.

In the summer of 2005, the search for the exact location of Fort Daniel by the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society began. The group found it by the fall of the same year. Since then, archaeologists have unearthed Spanish silver coins, wrought iron nails, musket balls and metal military buttons.

This weekend, young and old inquisitive minds can learn about this relatively new discovery. There will be an archaeology discussion with the lead archeologist, Dr. James D'Angelo, Indian ceramics and knapping demonstrations, pottery mending, interpretive site tours and a blacksmith working in a shop.

The artifact museum and Hog Mountain Trading Post will be open, plus old tools are on display.

It is $2 per person or $5 per family. For more information, visit www.thefortdanielfoundation.org.