Thursday, April 3, 2014


We've had such beautiful spring weather, I've tried to take afternoon walks in a variety of Gwinnett County parks.  The Hudson-Nash park on Five Forks-Trickum Road in Lilburn offers a pleasant walking trail with a lot of historic interest.  The photo above is of the back of the Thomas Hudson House.  The photo below was taken recently from the Hudson-Nash Park looking across Five Forks Trickum to the Thomas Hudson house, with the Yellow River Post Office and general store in the foreground.

The Thomas Hudson plantation, later owned by the Claude Nash family, is one the oldest remaining plantations in Gwinnett County. The original house was built c1840s. This house with original detached kitchen, was part of the Thomas P. Hudson plantation. Thomas Hudson was a Road Commissioner in 1845, along with Robert Craig and John Bankston. He served in the Georgia General Assembly for several years in the 1850s and 1860s. According to the Gwinnett Historical Society, he owned 562 acres in 1860. He also ran the Yellow River Post Office and general store across the street. The post office and slave quarters have been recreated on the property (a 1930s barn remains), and there are informative historic markers along the trail.

In his "History of Gwinnett County" Vol I, James Flanigan publishes biographical sketches written by Judge Richard D. Winn, beginning in 1871. Judge Winn tells that Mr. Hudson did his best to supply the women and children of the community during the Civil War, when times were hard. He gave away staples to poor people who could not afford to pay for them. He died during the war. You'll find more information on this and other historic sites in Gwinnett County at the Gwinnett County GAGenWeb.

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