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Historical Markers in Sparta, Georgia

 
Clickable Map of Hancock County, Georgia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Hancock County, GA (17) Baldwin County, GA (57) Glascock County, GA (5) Greene County, GA (25) Putnam County, GA (27) Taliaferro County, GA (22) Warren County, GA (16) Washington County, GA (45)  HancockCounty(17) Hancock County (17)  BaldwinCounty(57) Baldwin County (57)  GlascockCounty(5) Glascock County (5)  GreeneCounty(25) Greene County (25)  PutnamCounty(27) Putnam County (27)  TaliaferroCounty(22) Taliaferro County (22)  WarrenCounty(16) Warren County (16)  WashingtonCounty(45) Washington County (45)
Sparta is the county seat for Hancock County
Sparta is in Hancock County
      Hancock County (17)  
ADJACENT TO HANCOCK COUNTY
      Baldwin County (57)  
      Glascock County (5)  
      Greene County (25)  
      Putnam County (27)  
      Taliaferro County (22)  
      Warren County (16)  
      Washington County (45)  
 
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1Georgia, Hancock County, Sparta — 070-5 — "Old Dominion"
At “Old Dominion”, then the home of John Lucas, in late December 1806, the first meeting of the Methodist North Georgia Conference was held. Although Sparta then was the extreme western appointment in the conference, preachers came from . . . Map (db m55552) HM
2Georgia, Hancock County, Sparta — “July” 1858The Original July Foxhound
In July 1858 an Irish Foxhound arrived in Georgia as a gift from the noted hunter, Nimrod Gosnell of Roxbury Mills, Maryland to Colonel Miles G. Harris of Hancock County. The male puppy was named “July.” Col. Harris invited fox hunters . . . Map (db m9486) HM
3Georgia, Hancock County, Sparta — Glen Mary "The Temple on the Hill"Built Circa 1848
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 . . . Map (db m106811) HM
4Georgia, Hancock County, Sparta — 070-7 — Gov. William Jonathan Northen
William Jonathan Northen, Governor of Georgia from 1890 to 1894, lived in this house. Born in Jones County, July 9, 1835 of Scotch ancestry, Governor Northen graduated from Mercer University. He taught for many years at Mt. Zion School in Hancock . . . Map (db m24076) HM
5Georgia, Hancock County, Sparta — 070-3 — Hancock County
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 . . . Map (db m24332) HM
6Georgia, Hancock County, Sparta — 070-12 — Nathan S.S. Beman at Mt. Zion(Nov. 26, 1785 - Aug. 6, 1871)
Nathan Sidney Beman, Presbyterian minister, educator, editor, college president, after graduating from Middlebury College, Vermont, taught and preached in New England until 1812, when he came with his wife to Georgia to regain his health. “A . . . Map (db m24083) HM
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7Georgia, Hancock County, Sparta — 070-2 — Old Eagle Tavern
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 . . . Map (db m24334) HM
8Georgia, Hancock County, Sparta — 070-10 — Pierce Memorial Methodist Church
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 . . . Map (db m48905) HM
9Georgia, Hancock County, Sparta — 070-11 — Rockby<------<<<<
About 1 mi. from here, Richard Malcolm Johnston, lawyer, educator, and author, operated Rockby, a school for boys revolutionary in its day. Disgusted with the harsh disciplinary methods of the time, Johnston instituted an honor system whereby . . . Map (db m24172) HM
10Georgia, Hancock County, Sparta — 070-6 — Shoulder-bone Creek Treaty
Near the mouth of Shoulder-bone Creek on the banks of the Oconee River a treaty of "amity, peace and commerce" was signed by eight commissioners representing the State of Georgia and 59 head men of the Creek Confederation, November 3, 1786. Among . . . Map (db m186657) HM
11Georgia, Hancock County, Sparta — 070-4 — Sparta
Sparta, Seat of Justice for Hancock County in 1795, became a chartered town, Dec. 3, 1803. Situated at an Indian trading post, in constant danger of border trouble, the town was named Sparta to indicate the bravery of its pioneer citizens. In 1864 . . . Map (db m24343) HM
12Georgia, Hancock County, Sparta — 70-2 — Sparta Cemetery
The main cemetery in Sparta was established on property deeded to the town in 1806. Burials illustrate a common nineteenth-century pattern of migration to the area, as settlers from New England and Virginia moved south and west through the Carolinas . . . Map (db m13378) HM
 
 
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Jan. 27, 2023