History

City of Dacula Historical Events

Timeline

1891
1891

Dacula, Georgia is formed

After the completion of the Georgia Carolina and Northern Railway, the workers call the settlement “Hoke,” while local residents call the town “Freeman” in honor of Mr. John W. Freeman, a prominent member of the community. Mr. Freeman applies to establish a post office in Hoke, Georgia, but his application is rejected because of the town’s name being used elsewhere in the state already. By combining Decatur and Atlanta, Dacula is created; the name is approved by the United States Post Office and Dacula, Georgia is formed.

1900
1900

Dacula Masonic Lodge

is constituted.

1901
1901

Train Wreck

First known train wreck is reported in Dacula, Georgia. Two Train Hands are injured and thirteen train cars are wrecked.

1903
1903

Economic Boom

Dacula enjoys great progress and prosperity with a booming economy.

1908
1908

Roba Mary Stanley Born

The first solo female country music recording artist, Roba Mary Stanley, is born in Dacula.

1909
1909

Dacula Banking Company Established

Dacula Banking Company opens for the first time ever.

1925
1925

Pot of Gold

Pot of gold is unearthed on Dr. Samuel H. Freeman’s old place.

1927
1927

North Georgia Basketball Tournament Champions

Dacula High School Boys Basketball team wins the championship at the Northeast Georgia Basketball Tournament in Athens, Georgia.

1927

Oil In The Well

Excitement arises when potential oil is discovered in a Dacula well.

1927

The Woman’s Home Demonstration Club

The Woman’s Home Demonstration Club is formed in Dacula in order to assist in the betterment of homes throughout the county.

1927

The Bennefield Murders

The Bennefield Murders take place in December and go down as one of the most horrendous murders in Gwinnett County. With a motive of robbery, murderers killed Mr. Jim Bennefield and his 10-year-old son, John. The bodies were discovered and Sam Gower, Joe Price, and LeGrand Sikes were held for the murders of the Bennefields. Gower received the death penalty, Price was given a life sentence, and Sikes received a total of twelve months on the Gwinnett County Chain Gang.

1928
1928

Miss Lucille Wilson

Miss Lucille Wilson, Gwinnett County School Supervisor, of Dacula, Georgia is awarded a scholarship by the National Committee of Education.

1928

Jack A. Barber Accident

Mr. Jack A. Barber, well-known and respected Dacula citizen, is killed in an accident with a Seaboard Airline freight train.

1931
1931

Future Farmers of America

Dacula High School organizes a Future Farmers of America chapter.

1939
1939

Dacula Mechanical and Agricultural School Building

A new Dacula Mechanical and Agricultural School Building is erected.

1939

The Green Hand

Dacula’s FFA members and H. J. B. Turner, Vocational Agricultural Teacher of Dacula, play roles in a motion picture titled, “The Green Hand.”

1943
1943

The Canning Plant

The Canning Plant in the Dacula High School Vocational Building opens to the public.

1944
1944

Double School Fire

Dacula Elementary and Dacula High School are destroyed in a fire.

1945
1945

Basketball District Title

Dacula Boys Basketball wins Ninth District Title.

1946
1946

New Schoolhouse

New Dacula schoolhouse is built with twelve classrooms and an auditorium.

1954
1954

District C Title

Dacula girls basketball team takes the District C title.

1966
1966

Dynamite Explosion

A truck loaded with 1,500 pounds of dynamite blows up on the highway within Dacula city limits

1979
1979

State Championship

Dacula boys win Class A State Championship.