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Fridays at the Museum: Buford, the Leather City

Did you know that Buford was once considered "a thriving metropolis," and was even known as "the New York of Gwinnett County"?

By Rebecca Bradshaw

If you are a Buford native, you no doubt learned about the town's past in school. Even if you are not Buford born, but someone interested in the history of where you live, you may have already heard or read something about the Allen family. Whatever your connection to Buford, if you're local, there's a good chance you've at least seen the old Tannery building or the Bona Allen mansion. Wanting to bring a fresh perspective to readers, when I began writing this blog I purposely didn't go into the most well known and influential aspects of Buford's history--the Bona Allen Tannery and the family who founded it.

Questions about Buford from out of state friends who read my blog (Ten barbershops in a 2 block radius? There must have had a lot of hair to cut!) have prompted me to finally begin addressing these very important aspects of Buford's past. And of course, a sizable portion of the museum's exhibits deal with the Allen family and the town's long history in the leather industry.

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