Gwinnett County - Metro Atlanta Guidebook


Gwinnett County consists of
Grayson (originally named Trip, then Berkely and then, because the name Berkely was already taken by another Georgia town, Grayson)
Hog Mountain (a center of trade and commerce after the construction of Peachtree Road in 1813)
Gloster (a flag station on the Seaboard Railroad)
Centerville (called ‘Sneezer’ before the Civil War)
Sugar Hill (came to be called “the hill where the sugar spilled” after a freight wagon broke a wheel climbing a steep hill and spilled its load of sugar all over the hill)
Buford (known as the ‘New York of Gwinnett in the early 1900s)
Dacula (known originally as Hoke until the first postmaster suggested the name “Dacula” as a combination of “Decatur” and “Atlanta” - home of the famous ‘Elisha Winn’ house)
Duluth (actually named after a remote town in Minnesota)
Lawrenceville (named for naval commander Capt. James Lawrence, a hero of the War of 1812

As he lay dying aboard the Chesapeake, Lawrence uttered the immortal plea to his men, "Don't give up the ship!")
Lilburn (Established around 1891 - “Old Town Lilburn” is still a quaint little village today)
Luxomni (began in 1891 as a railroad flag station - the name means “Light for all”)
Norcross (an automobile called the ‘Norcross’ was manufactured at the first automobile manufacturing company in Georgia owned by Edward Buchanan)
Snellville (named after Thomas Snell, one of two men from London, England that operated a dry goods store there)
Norcross (started as the Pinckneyville community, it was a trading post where the Militia and Inferior Court met)
Suwanee (named from the Shawnee tribe, it was originally an Indian village on the Chattahoochee).

As one of the leading counties in the Atlanta metro area in population and job growth, Gwinnett leads the entire state of Georgia in new home construction. There’s definitely something for everyone here in Gwinnett County from quiet, safe neighborhoods to farmhouses throughout the countryside to the convenience of having three major shopping malls within short distance. There’s Stone Mountain Park on the south end of the county, complete with a lake, a beach, a "river boat", a skylift to the top of the mountain, the famous Lazer Show in the summer, the light show in the winter and more. There’s Lake Lanier and Lake Lanier Islands Resort To the north and the Chattahoochee River to the west. What a great place to call home!

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