In 1887 one of William Harrison Braselton's sons, John Oliver, then eight years old, constructed a six-foot-by-six-foot
In the early 1980s Donald and Nancy Panoz, owners of the Elan Corporation, a drug-delivery products and technology company,
In the late 1980s the actress Kim Basinger, a Georgia native, selected Braselton as a suitable location for developing a tourist attraction that would feature movie and recording studios, boutiques, and a film festival. She headed an investment group that purchased the 1,800-acre town for $20 million. Due to financial problems, however, Basinger dropped her plans and sold the town in 1993 for just $1 million.
Parks and rural space are important to the residents of Braselton. In addition to the Braselton town park and a multiuse park along the Mulberry River, Braselton is home to the Thompson Mills Forest, Georgia's official state arboretum. With 330 acres of native trees and plant species from the Appalachian region and the world, the research forest, managed by the University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry, serves as an educational facility.
Many historic structures have been preserved in Braselton, in addition to the Braselton Brothers store. The new town hall was built in 1909 and restored in the late 1990s. The Braselton-Stover House, originally built by Green Braselton in 1918, has been renovated and is a popular site today for weddings and receptions.
According to the 2010 U.S. census, Braselton's population was 7,511, an increase from the 2000 population of 1,206.
Elliott Brack, Gwinnett: A Little above Atlanta (Norcross, Ga.: Gwinnett Forum, 2008).
Leta Green Braselton, comp., Treasured Memories of the Braseltons: "3B's" (Braselton, Ga.: privately printed, 1974).
Britney Compton, Savannah
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