McDaniel Farm Hosts Pioneer School Program

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During Pioneer School at McDaniel Farm, visitors can immerse themselves into the lives of early Gwinnett students as they recreate a traditional school day in 1875.

The Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center (GEHC) invites you to step back in time to a one room school house. Join the school marm as she provides instruction to children ages seven and up at the Pioneer School at McDaniel Farm on Saturday, May 5, from 10:30am until 1:30pm.

“Pioneer School is a unique hands-on living history experience that allows kids to participate in a traditional day of school from the early days of Gwinnett,”# said Catherine Long, manager of GEHC”s History and Culture Program.

The program will take guests back in time to circa 1875 as they recite their lessons to the teacher and participate in period games. In the late 1800s, the school year revolved around the agricultural season and students maintained their chores while in school. Penmanship, spelling bees and McGuffey Readers were just a few of the tools used by teachers in the early days of education. Participants are invited to wear period dress or overalls and bring a typical lunch which consisted of brown bread, butter or jam, a hardboiled egg and an apple.

The Pioneer School Program is sure to be fun for your child and is quite an engaging experience! Admission cost is $15 per child for Gwinnett County residents and $18 per child for out of county guests.# Participants must pre-register by calling 770.904.3500. McDaniel Farm is located at 3251 McDaniel Road, Duluth, Georgia 30096.
For more information about this event and the History and Culture Program of the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center, visit