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Portion of historic home moved to museum

Special Photo The kitchen section of the Chesser-Williams House makes its way to the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center. The house is being moved from its location off Braselton Highway to the Center. It will be restored and open to the public.

Special Photo The kitchen section of the Chesser-Williams House makes its way to the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center. The house is being moved from its location off Braselton Highway to the Center. It will be restored and open to the public.

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Special Photo The kitchen section of the Chesser-Williams House makes its way to the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center. The house is being moved from its location off Braselton Highway to the Center. It will be restored and open to the public.

BUFORD -- The first piece of a historic treasure coming to the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center arrived Tuesday.

The kitchen section of the Chesser-Williams House was moved from its Hog Mountain home, where it has been since the 1850s, to the Buford center.

Contractors are expected to move the main house in about four weeks, preparing for a spring or summer 2013 opening to the center's new outdoor exhibit, which will portray Gwinnett's agrarian history.

The house, which was donated to the museum, is known for the detailed interior and exterior painting, a unique attribute added by a German painter in exchange for room and board.

Earlier this year, commissioners approved the move of the Lee Farm Barn from Five Forks Road in Lilburn to join the exhibit."This project is extremely important in that it is an initiative to save and preserve Gwinnett's rich history," West said earlier this summer about the exhibit. "The heritage collection will allow the citizens of Gwinnett a unique opportunity to step back in time and experience an 1800s settlement farm."