Each of Gwinnett County”s cities has a unique story to tell. Plus, each boasts amenities and traits that make these municipalities stand out to visitors and citizens alike.
Established in 1892, Auburn got its name because the clay dug from the earth was used historically to dye clothing a red hue. It has four parks and hosts many festivals throughout the year. Auburn has more than 7,600 residents and has enjoyed slow, steady growth.
2 Berkeley Lake
What started out as a summer retreat has become an award-winning community. Berkeley Lake”s charter was approved in 1956, when residents sought electricity, telephones and other municipal benefits, as well as an “all-year road” around the lake.
With a rich heritage and uniquely located in four counties (Jackson, Hall, Gwinnett, and Barrow), Braselton”s growth has been rapid. The city is also home to a dynamic community and Chateau Elan Winery and Resort, which attracts half a million visitors every year.
The municipality has always been “blessed with able, far-sighted citizens, interested in business and education as evidenced by its rapid growth and early attention to schools,” say its leaders. The focus on education continues with the many accolades of Buford City Schools.
Often mispronounced by out-of-towners, Dacula (duh-cue-la) is primarily a residential community. Busy railroads once laid tracks through the area, and in 1905 the city was incorporated. The name was a combination of the letters used in “Atlanta” and “Decatur.”
Named for French Captain and Explorer Daniel Greysolon Du Luth (1636-1710), this western Gwinnett city is home to nearly 2,000 businesses. Sites like the Southeastern Railway Museum boost tourism in Duluth. Cultural events like the Duluth Fall Festival draw crowds of more than 80,000.
The southern area of Gwinnett once called “Trip” and “Berkeley” was incorporated Dec. 17, 1902. The Arts and History Center at 2070 Rosebud Road has preserved much heritage and boasts many activities. Grayson Day is held every April featuring festival fare, a parade and music.
Incorporated in 1821, Gwinnett”s county seat is the second oldest city in Greater Atlanta. Named for Capt. James Lawrence, a War of 1812 naval commander, the city has thrived. Numbering nearly 30,000 residents, Lawrenceville”s citizenry enjoys state-of-the-art medical, educational and governmental facilities.
Focused now on revitalizing the city, Lilburn officials talk with excitement about an upcoming Main Street realignment, new city hall and library. Lilburn boasts prime green space and recreational opportunities, with a greenway trail and several parks.
Named for James Harvie Logan, a farmer and shoemaker who bought land there in 1842, Loganville has grown and thrived. Situated within Walton and Gwinnett counties, the city is centrally located between Atlanta and Athens. Loganville”s tagline: “Where People Matter.”
The city”s website calls Norcross “a charming antidote to modern suburbia.” In 1869, Atlanta entrepreneur J.J. Thrasher bought 250 acres, naming it for his friend Jonathan Norcross–the fourth mayor of Atlanta. Today, Norcross is home to a diverse citizenry.
12 Peachtree Corners
In the 1960s, businessman Paul Duke pitched the idea of creating a community in the area once known as Pinckneyville. It has since flourished. Peachtree Corners was incorporated on July 1, 2012 and has a population of 38,500.
13 Sugar Hill
The unofficial story: traveling with large bags of sugar, a freight wagon lost a wheel on a high hill. Known initially as “the hill where the sugar spilled,” it was eventually shortened. Sugar Hill is “one of the premier communities of the Metro Atlanta area.”
Its roots extend to 19th century London with James Sawyer and Thomas Snell”s voyage to the New World. They built a business on local soil, breaking ground for modern-day Snellville, which today boasts a population of more than 20,000.
Suwanee is a friendly, progressive community committed to maintaining a high-quality of life for approximately 16,000 residents. At the time of its incorporation in 1949, Suwanee was about 3.1 square miles. Today, Suwanee incorporates about 10.8 square miles.