Wynne-Russell House, decked out for Christmas

Lilburn, Ga – Gwinnett County – The Wynne-Russell House is almost as old as Gwinnett County, which just celebrated its 200th birthday this past weekend.  Built around 1826, this outstanding example of Plantation Plain style was in rough shape back in the 1970s.

The original house was built in the 1820s by Thomas and Mary P Wynne, who moved from North Carolina along with their 7 children under the age of 12!  Over the years, this became the Wynne Plantation with 500-600 acres.

Wynne-Russell House, in 1977 – photo from NRHP Listing

The house had major renovations in 1848, 1866, and 1878.  Descendants of the Wynne family lived in the home until 1971.  It then quickly declined, as you can see in the photo above.  A dedicated group worked to save and preserve this home.

Growing up in Lilburn in the 1970s, it was a much smaller place than we see today!  I remember going to the 2 grocery stores in town – Moore’s Grocery in old town, and the Winn-Dixie at Lilburn Square.  Today, Gwinnett County has a population of nearly 1 million!

Side View, 1977
Side View, Today

The Wynne-Russell House is now owned by the City of Lilburn, and is available for even rentals.  Several interior photos are on their website.

Wynne-Russell House

Located just off busy Hwy 29, this house is a reminder of the history of Gwinnett County.  Thanks so much for reading the blog, I appreciate it!

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