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CLOSED LABOR DAY – SEPTEMBER 5, 2022
Mon, Wed, Fri 10:00 - 2:00
Gwinnett Historic Courthouse
Lawrenceville, Georgia
(770) 822-5174

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Announcements
Cotton Fields of Gwinnett
Support the Winn House and Property!
Quilt Raffle, $1 per ticket. In office and at fair!
Drawing on Sunday, Oct. 2nd, 4:00pm
Learn More Below!

Current and Upcoming Events

Event: General Membership Meeting
Date: September 19, 2022
Details: 6:30PM Snack and Chat; Members bring a snack to share.
Details: 7:00PM Meeting
Location: Upstairs in the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse
Program: First Families of Gwinnett New Member Induction

The Elisha Winn House and Fair

The Elisha Winn House is located at 908 Dacula Road in Dacula, GA 30019. Gwinnett County completed accessibility upgrades to the site in 2021. Among the improvements are newly paved parking spaces, a bathroom building, and a walking trail winding by the historic buildings. The site is open to the public from dawn to dusk. For information on tours of the house, email ghs@gwinnetths.org

The 2022 Elisha Winn Fair will be held 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday, October 1st, and Sunday, October 2nd. The house and all of the buildings will be open and attended by volunteers and reenactors. The fair also has food vendors, crafters' booths, exhibitors, musical entertainment, and railroad history.

Vendor applications can be found here.

Cotton Fields of Gwinnett Quilt Raffle

The 2022 Gwinnett Historical Society quilt is representative of the cotton industry in Gwinnett. This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. My maternal grandfather worked as a cotton farm field hand in the early 1900s in southern Georgia. Also, both my maternal and paternal grandparents worked for the Bibb Manufacturing Company in Newton County, Georgia

Cotton was a large part of industry in the 1800s in Gwinnett County. A cotton textile factory, Lawrenceville Manufacturing Company, made goods for the Confederates during the Civil War. It was reported that a Union foraging party burned the cotton mill. One source stated that by 1919, Gwinnett was one of the largest cotton-producing counties in Georgia. McDaniel family farm in Duluth was one of the working cotton farms.

I chose a variation of the log cabin block for this quilt. This is representative of the farmhouses and tenant houses of the cotton farms. The tan color represents the soil, and the white color represents the cotton that was produced in those fields. If you look closely, you will find that one of the tan fabrics scattered around the quilt is of coffee beans. This is to add a touch of whimsy to the quilt, since today there is a coffee shop on just about every corner of town.

Thank you for allowing me to share my creative view of Gwinnett’s cotton history for the 2022 Winn Fair quilt!

Candy Hardy

Latest Publications: Books & Newsletter

Newsletter Fall 2022
Our quarterly newsletter
Online Issues are available in the Members Section


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