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County Approves Purchase of Fort Daniel Site in Dacula

The 4.32-acre site will be purchased with SPLOST funds.

The Fort Daniel historic site on Braselton Highway in Dacula will now belong to Gwinnett County and its citizens.

The Gwinnett Board of Commissioners voted Dec. 11 to purchase the 4.32-acre site for $241,000 with funds from the 2009 SPLOST program. The property also includes a 1,500-square-foot home.

“We look forward to working with community groups such as the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society and Friends of Fort Daniel to provide educational opportunities for Gwinnett County youth and families,” Gwinnett County Board Chairman Charlotte Nash said in a released statement.

According to a Gwinnett County press release, Fort Daniel was built prior to the incorporation of Gwinnett County in 1818. The fort was a replacement or refurbishment of a 1790s fort on the same site. The remains of the fort were located in 2009 and the site was registered on the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s "Places in Peril."

“This is an outstanding and long overdue opportunity to preserve and protect our history and heritage for future generations,” said District 3 Commissioner Mike Beaudreau according to the press release. 

The Fort Daniel site is located at 2505 Braselton Highway. For more about Gwinnett’s heritage programs, visit the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center website.

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