If you were to pull up a handy-dandy Google map of the entire stretch of road, it would look like this:
Anyway, back to the name ... I've mastered how to spell Webb Gin House Road (no second "n"!), but had no earthly idea where it came from. City of Grayson historian Steven P. Starling did, however!
It basically boils down to this: Back in the late 1800s/early 1900s, there was a guy named Rev. Andrew J. Webb. He had a cotton gin, and the predecessor of the modern day road was how farmers got to it. It was, quite simply, the road that led to Webb's gin house.
Bonus historical tidbit: Webb's son, Alexander, later lived in the historical home at 2057 Grayson Highway — the "foremost example of Victorian architecture left in Grayson today," Starling declared in his notes about local places of interest. The residence is now home to the Gwinnett School of Music.
So keep your eyes peeled, Paula, for the future "Webb Music House Road."
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