Gwinnett history book in second printing

Previously out of print, Elliott Brack's 850-page history, "Gwinnett: A Little Above Atlanta," is now available again. Since its original publication, the book was declared the winner of the 2010 Award of Excellence for documenting Georgia history by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board. It is also the winner of the Gwinnett Historical Society's Whitworth-Flanigan Award for 2011 for preserving the history of Gwinnett County.

The book includes 143 demographic and historic tables, with more than 4,000 names in the index, and 10,000 names in the appendix.

Two versions of the book are available. The hardback edition is priced at $75, while a softback edition is $40. Books are available at:

  • Atlanta History Center, Atlanta
  • Books for Less, Buford
  • Gwinnett Historical Society, Lawrenceville
  • Parsons Gifts and Cards, Duluth
  • Vargas and Harbin Gallery, Norcross

You can also order books through the Internet. To do that, go to to place your order. For mail orders, there is a $5 shipping and handling fee. Purchases are also subject to the 6 percent Georgia sales tax.

Gwinnett: A Little Above Atlanta

Gwinnett: A Little Above Atlanta did not start out to become a thick reference book.


Test yourself on Gwinnett history. After you finish, check link at the bottom for the answer.

1. How did Button Gwinnett die?


2. Fill in the blank: "Everybody is somebody in _________."

a. Gwinnett
b. Centerville
c. Dacula
d. Snellville

3. Near what city was Gwinnett's first landing strip for airplanes?

a. Lawrenceville
b. Stone Mountain
c. Buford
d. Norcross

4. Four major events took place in 1984 in Gwinnett. What were they?

a. Gwinnett Place Mall opened.
b. Gwinnett Tech began
c. Republicans won every contested political race in county.
d. Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville began.
e. All of the above
f. Only one of the above

5. What family name is associated with Buford's prosperity prior to World War II?


6. How did Gwinnett County pay for a fence around the courthouse in 1849?

a. Contractor first hired made off with money; put up by prisoners.
b. County had no money. Commissioners built it personally.
c. County dickered with four attorneys to erect the fence.
d. Court officials ordered county to build it.

7. What happened to the missing half one-half of Jones Bridge?

a. Flood of 1910 washed it away.
b. Someone stole it.
c. Fell in during the Depression.
d. Yankees burned part of bridge during Civil War

8. What was Elisha Winn's wife's first name?

a. Philadelphia
b. Mary Margaret
c. Eliza
d. Rachel

9. What group put up the money to start Technology Park/Atlanta?

a. People associated with the Research Triangle in North Carolina
b. Development firm out of Silicone Valley.
c. Mostly graduates of Georgia Tech.
d. The Peninsula and Orient Steamship line.

10. What do these places have in common: Lilburn, Dacula, Tucker, Gloster, Luxomni, Mechanicsville?

a. All stops on second railroad through Gwinnett
b. Each once was home of a sausage factory.
c. Each had team in same semi-pro baseball league.
d. Each at one time had a Waffle House.
e. All of the above.
f. None of the above.

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