Thursday, July 7, 2011

Historic Garner House In Lilburn

I recently had the pleasure of photographing the historic Garner family home on Five Forks Trickum Road in Lilburn. I appreciate the information shared by the current owners and Garner descendants:

The home and 500 original acres were passed down from William Garner to his son William "Newt" Garner.

In an early census you can see that this area was called Garner District and William Garner is listed as "landlord." In other words he rented land out to tenant farmers. William's son Newt fought in the Civil War and had a daughter in 1885 named Commie Garner who lived in the home nearly her whole life. She lived just a couple of months shy of 100. She had married a Thomas Wesley and by her death the property had been whittled down to 50 acres. At this point most of that remaining land was sold to make Wesley Ridge (named after Commie Garner Wesley and her husband).

You'll find more photos and a lot of great Gwinnett County history at Gwinnett County GAGenWeb.

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