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

Glen Mary “The Temple on the Hill”

Built Circa 1848

 
 
Glen Mary “The Temple on the Hill” Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 7, 2017
1. Glen Mary “The Temple on the Hill” Marker
Inscription. Confederate Colonel Theophilus Jackson Smith built Glen Mary as a gift to his wife, Mary Salome Gonder. The estate would become a major cotton producer in Middle Georgia before the Civil War. The house is considered by many as the finest Greek Revival raised cottage remaining on rural land.

During the Civil War, Glen Mary was narrowly spared by Union General William Tecumseh Sherman’s invading armies and became a hiding place for Confederate Secretary of State Robert Toombs after the Confederates surrendered in 1865.

In 1869, Colonel Smith sold Glen Mary to his former adversary, Union General Ethan Allen Hitchcock and his wife, Martha Rind Nicholls Hitchcock. General Hitchcock died here on August 5, 1870. Mrs. Hitchcock ran the estate until her death in 1918 when it descended to her niece. Glen Mary remained the Nicholls family farm until the 1980s.

Preservation America Trust purchased Glen Mary in 1998 and has overseen a comprehensive restoration to its original appearance.
 
Erected 2017 by Fort Peachtree Chapter NSDAR.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 33° 10.65′ N, 83° 0.033′ W. Marker
Glen Mary “The Temple on the Hill” Marker, looking north on Linton Road toward Sparta image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 7, 2017
2. Glen Mary “The Temple on the Hill” Marker, looking north on Linton Road toward Sparta
is in Sparta, Georgia, in Hancock County. Marker is on Linton Road 0.3 miles south of Pearson Chapel Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7342 Linton Road, Sparta, GA 31087, Sparta GA 31087, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gov. Charles James McDonald (approx. 5.1 miles away); Hancock County (approx. 6.9 miles away); Old Eagle Tavern (approx. 6.9 miles away); Sparta (approx. 7 miles away); Pierce Memorial Methodist Church (approx. 7.1 miles away); Sparta Cemetery (approx. 7.1 miles away); "Old Dominion" (approx. 7.2 miles away); Rockby (approx. 8.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sparta.
 
Categories. ArchitectureWar, US Civil
 
The marker is dedicated and unveiled by DAR officials on May 7, 2017 image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 7, 2017
3. The marker is dedicated and unveiled by DAR officials on May 7, 2017
Glen Mary in the late 1990s image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert
4. Glen Mary in the late 1990s
The white paint was attractive (and traditional) but not original or correct for the house.
Glen Mary under restoration in 2011. image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 8, 2011
5. Glen Mary under restoration in 2011.
Glen Mary as it appears today image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 16, 2014
6. Glen Mary as it appears today
This is how the house would have appeared in 1850. The simulated brownstone color used for the basement was original and correct for the house, although very rare in the South.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2017, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 10, 2017, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.
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