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Sparta in Hancock County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Pierce Memorial Methodist Church

 
 
Pierce Memorial Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 26, 2011
1. Pierce Memorial Methodist Church Marker
Inscription. The first regular appointment for Sparta as a preaching place on a circuit was in 1799 with George Dougherty, one of the great preachers of the period as pastor. In 1802, Bishop Francis Asbury preached in the courthouse.

In 1806, the South Carolina Conference, of which Sparta was a member, held its session in Sparta and the town appears for the first time as head of the Sparta Circuit. That same year, Robert Flournoy, a Revolutionary soldier, deeded a lot to John Lucas and Henry Mose, trustees of the Methodist Society of Sparta. On this lot, the previous year, a church had been built. It served, with necessary remodeling, for 105 years, until 1910, when it was destroyed by fire. In 1906 the Centennial of Sparta Methodism was celebrated. This building was completed in 1934.

Many prominent pastors have served this church -- George Dougherty, Jesse Lee, Bishop Atticus G. Haygood, Bishop Warren A. Candler. Though Bishop George F. Pierce was never pastor here, for many years he considered it his home church.
 
Erected 1958 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 070-10.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Francis Asbury, Traveling Methodist Preacher, and the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location.
Pierce Memorial Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 26, 2011
2. Pierce Memorial Methodist Church Marker
33° 16.617′ N, 82° 58.383′ W. Marker is in Sparta, Georgia, in Hancock County. Marker is at the intersection of East Hamilton Street and Boland Street, on the right when traveling east on East Hamilton Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sparta GA 31087, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sparta Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Sparta (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Eagle Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hancock County (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Old Dominion" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rockby (approx. 2.2 miles away); Nathan S.S. Beman at Mt. Zion (approx. 5.8 miles away); Gov. William Jonathan Northen (approx. 6.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sparta.
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.
 
Pierce Memorial Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 26, 2011
3. Pierce Memorial Methodist Church Marker
Looking west on East Hamilton Street at the intersection with Boland Street
Pierce Memorial Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 26, 2011
4. Pierce Memorial Methodist Church Marker
Looking (north) across East Hamilton Street at the Sparta Cemetery, established in 1805, and its historical marker.
Pierce Memorial Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 26, 2011
5. Pierce Memorial Methodist Church
Built in 1934
 
 
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