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

Old Eagle Tavern

 
 
Old Eagle Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, October 28, 2009
1. Old Eagle Tavern Marker
Inscription.  The Eagle Tavern, built in the late 18th century, once stood on the site of the present Lafayette Hotel. A stage coach stop on the Augusta to Macon line, the tavern owned by a Mr. A. Abercrombie was the scene of a great ball held for the Marquis de LaFayette in 1825. Burned in the late 1830’s, the Tavern was replaced by the present structure in 1840 when it was known as the Edwards’ House. Renamed the Drummer’s Home in 1897 it was, in 1900, voted by traveling men the most popular hotel in Georgia and received a silver wine dispenser from the Georgia Hotel Association.
 
Erected 1955 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 070-2.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommercePatriots & PatriotismRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society, and the Lafayette’s Farewell Tour series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1825.
 
Location. 33° 16.526′ N, 82° 58.547′ W. Marker is in Sparta, Georgia, in Hancock County. Marker
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is at the intersection of Broad Street (Georgia Route 15/16) and Court Street, on the right when traveling east on Broad Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sparta GA 31087, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hancock County (within shouting distance of this marker); Pierce Memorial Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sparta Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sparta (approx. ¼ mile away); "Old Dominion" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rockby (approx. 2.4 miles away); Nathan S.S. Beman at Mt. Zion (approx. 5.9 miles away); Mt. Zion Church (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sparta.
 
Regarding Old Eagle Tavern. The Eagle Tavern had been used for a variety of purposes as a hotel, restaurant, tavern, and Trailways Bus stop before it closed in the 1970s. It stood empty for a number of years before its restoration. It was most recently a home for the elderly, and county offices.
 
Additional keywords. Stage coach
 
Old Eagle Tavern and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, October 28, 2009
2. Old Eagle Tavern and Marker
Old Eagle Tavern and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, October 28, 2009
3. Old Eagle Tavern and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 10, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,527 times since then and 93 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 10, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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