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Georgia History: Gwinnett County Courthouse

Gwinnett County was one of the nation’s fastest-growing counties during the 1970s and ‘80s. And the Historic Gwinnett County Courthouse, which opened back in September of 1885, played an important role in developing the infrastructure to make that growth possible. The courthouse is situated in the county seat of Lawrenceville, right on the busy downtown square, and that’s where we met with Dr. Tim Crimmins, professor of history and Director of the Center for Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies at Georgia State University. As traffic swirled around us, we took a look back at the beginnings of the county and the construction of the courthouse itself.