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

Hancock County

 
 
Hancock County Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 28, 2009
1. Hancock County Marker
Inscription. Hancock County, created by Act of Dec. 17, 1793, was named for John Hancock of Mass., President of Continental Congress and the first man to sign the Declaration of Independence. It has been the home of 4 Governors of Ga. -- William Rabun, Charles James McDonald, William Jonathan Northen, Nathaniel Edwin Harris. Among the first officers of Hancock County were: Thomas Lamar, Sheriff; William Pentecost, Clerk Inferior Court; Henry Graybill, Clerk Superior Court; Daniel Conner, Coroner; John Ragan, Surveyor; David Adams, Tax Collector; Samuel Goode and Richard Bonner, Tax Receivers.
 
Erected 1992 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 070-3.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 16.521′ N, 82° 58.563′ W. Marker is in Sparta, Georgia, in Hancock County. Marker 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. The marker is at the northeast corner of the courthouse. 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
Hancock County Marker at the front of the Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 28, 2009
2. Hancock County Marker at the front of the Courthouse
flies. Old Eagle Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Pierce Memorial Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sparta Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Old Dominion" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sparta (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rockby (approx. 2.4 miles away); Nathan S.S. Beman at Mt. Zion (approx. 5.9 miles away); Gov. William Jonathan Northen (approx. 6.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sparta.
 
Regarding Hancock County. Hancock County is one of Georgia's more historic counties; the county and Sparta, the county seat, contain a large collection of well documented antebellum houses.
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USGovernmentPolitical SubdivisionsSettlements & Settlers
 
Hancock County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 28, 2009
3. Hancock County Courthouse
The cornerstone for the courthouse was laid on Washington's birthday in 1882. The courthouse, an outstanding example of Victorian style, was designed by architects Parkins & Bruce, and built by James Smith.
Hancock County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 28, 2009
4. Hancock County Courthouse
Entering Sparta from the north, the courthouse dominates the view.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 10, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 864 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. 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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