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McDaniel Farm holds Pioneer School program
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The Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center invites visitors to step back in time to a one-room schoolhouse from the 19th century.

Pioneer School at McDaniel Farm runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, providing a historic look at the education of bygone days.

“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 students reciting their lessons to the teacher and participating 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 age 7 and older can take part. They 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.

Admission cost is $15 per child for Gwinnett County residents and $18 for others. Pre-register by calling 770-904-3500.

McDaniel Farm is located at 3251 McDaniel Road, Duluth.

For more information about this event and the History and Culture Program of the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center, visit