History & Military Memorials (Sites & Stories)
Lawrenceville Visitors Center/ Mayor Jule Oakes House
Start your visit to Lawrenceville at the preserved Mayor Jule Oakes House (Circa 1893), where you can enjoy the beautifully renovated former home of one of Lawrenceville's World War I servicemen, a businessman, and local politician, Mayor Jule Oakes. You can gather local and regional visitor information, browse the center's photograph collection, city history visuals, and even more recent city revitalization news exhibits. See if you can spot the image of Lawrenceville's son, Jule Oakes, on horseback at Camp Wheeler during the time of the First World War. Our friendly staff will help you with brochures, maps, and other information. Be sure to pick up your self guided "history stroll gazette" for a fun afternoon option. Lawrenceville's official visitor services center also offers memorable souvenirs!
Free admission., 233 E. Crogan St., Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, Museum, & Grounds
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County's Seat, is home to the landmark Gwinnett County Historic Courthouse with over 10 different reasons and points-of-interest worth the strolling visit! The building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the surrounding 2.5 acres offers multiple sites and historic markers ranging from local heroes and characters to county history information. Consider it a scavenger hunt to find all these great historic and inspiring military tributes: 1. The Gwinnett County Veterans Museum in the GHC; 2. The stone for the local WWI Lieut. killed in Argonne France; 3. The historical markers for legendary Bill Arp, Garrard's Cavalry Raid during the Civil War, and Button Gwinnett's story; 4. The World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Ezzard Charles' Monument who was also a WWII soldier; 5. The Gwinnett County Civil War Monument; 6. The marker and home of Major William Simmons; 7. The burial monument on the grounds dedicated in 1840 to citizens in both the Creek Indian and Mexican Wars; 8. The memorialized local Horse Trough; 9. The Gwinnett Historical Society office exhibits; - to name a few.
Lawrenceville Female Seminary/ Gwinnett History Museum
Take a short walk down Perry Street to the Historic Female Seminary, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, housing the Gwinnett History Museum. The Museum offers visitors a unique glimpse into the history of Gwinnett County and its inhabitants by housing a permanent collection specializing in the acquisition, preservation and interpretation of Gwinnett County historic and folk artifacts. There is a collection of family, library, city, county, school, church, & club records, and photographs. Artifacts include furniture, farm tools & equipment, clothing, textiles, looming equipment, turn of the century kitchen exhibits, one room schoolhouse exhibits and a bluegrass music of Georgia exhibit.
Free Admission - $1 Donation Requested
Fallen Heroes Memorial & Armed Forces Monument
Located on the grounds of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville, with a front entrance on the GJAC Campus and rear walking trail access from Luckie Street and Constitution Blvd, The Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial pays tribute to all Gwinnett residents who died in the line of duty in either military or public safety service. From native Americans conflicts to present campaigns, the memorial honors roughly 700 individuals, organized by categories of service. Their names, in random order and without rank, are carved on 13 black granite markers that are nine feet tall. A central pedestal features a Gwinnett firefighter's bronze sculpture of an eagle carrying a rose. Aligned with the sidewalk from the Memorial through the parking area to the entrance of GJAC is a grand monument to all branches of the armed forces.
Lawrenceville Historic Cemetery
The historic city cemetery is located just a few blocks (about a half-mile) from the downtown square between East Pike street and Highway 29. This stop is the resting place of Gwinnett County founders, William Maltbie, Elisha Winn and Lawrenceville?s first mayor, John Clay Smith. The cemetery is also home to Nathan Spence, a Revolutionary war veteran who lived from 1743 to 1833, and eight graves have been identified as confederate soldiers (only three have tombstones). There are two African-Americans with inscribed gave markers, but no birth or death dates. There are also many unmarked graves of former slaves, who have yet been identified.
Freeman's Grist Mill
An old gristmill that resides along the banks of the Alcovy River is now the focal point of the County's newest park. Freeman's Mill Park features a playground that replicates a gristmill, picnic pavilion, half-mile multi-purpose trail, parking, restroom facilities and the historic Freeman's gristmill. In 2009, the County raised and restored the mill and its surrounding 12 acres for educational and recreational use to offer Gwinnett County citizens a sense of the agricultural past. The mill was built sometime between 1868 and 1879 by brothers John Griffin and Levi J. Loveless. By 1996, it was said to be one of only 15 mills in the state in working order and the only one in Gwinnett County. At that time is was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Local farmers would bring their wheat and corn to the miller to be turned into flour and meal. Alcova Baptist Church, located up the street from the mill, used the mill pond for baptisms and the millhouse itself provided a gathering place for the surrounding rural community. The water-powered gristmill was preferred by many farmers because it would grind the corn more slowly than electric mills, resulting in a sweeter taste.