Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Adair HouseTo Move Down Grayson Highway

Traffic on Grayson Highway (State Route 20) will be disrupted on Tuesday, May 27 (weather permitting), while Gwinnett County moves the historic Isaac Adair House to a new location in Lawrenceville.

A professional house mover will take the house from Chandler Road through the construction zone for the Sugarloaf Parkway Extension, then north on Grayson Highway to its new location at 15 South Clayton Street. Utility crews will assist by disconnecting then reconnecting wires and traffic lights as the move progresses, which may result in temporary utility service interruptions. The house weighs 200,000 pounds and is 37 feet high, 35 feet wide and 45 feet long.

“It’s one of the oldest houses in the county and we want to preserve this important part of our history,” said Community Services Director Phil Hoskins. The antebellum home was built in 1827 near what is now the intersection of Pike Street and Hurricane Shoals Road. It was disassembled, moved and painstakingly restored in the 1980s by its previous owners, Marvin and Phyllis Hughes.

The new, more visible and accessible location is where a recently relocated public health clinic once stood. Together with the historic Female Seminary building that now houses the Gwinnett History Museum, it is within 1.5 miles of the home’s original site and within a few blocks of the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. The previous Chandler Road site will soon be right on the centerline of Sugarloaf Parkway, which is being built with SPLOST funds.

Alternate routes that drivers may choose to use to get around that day include Sugarloaf Parkway, State Route 124/Scenic Highway, State Route 8/U.S. 29/Lawrenceville Highway, New Hope Road, Simonton Road, Davis Road, Park Place Drive, and Plantation Boulevard.

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