Sparta-Hancock Historical Society

SPARTA HANCOCK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

9687 JONES STREET
SPARTA, GEORGIA 31087

Welcome to the Sparta Hancock County Historical Society Website. Hancock County is located in central Georgia bounded by Greene, Putnam, Baldwin, Washington, Glascock, Warren, and Taliaferro Counties. It was formed from Washington and Greene counties in 1793. The first court in Hancock County was held in the home of John Whatley in 1794. This structure is still standing and known as the Four Mile Store. Sparta became the county seat in 1795. Hancock County has been the home of many schools over the years; The Mt. Zion Academy run by the Bemen Brothers and The Sparta Female Model School on Maiden Lane where two of the old dormitories still stand. This just names a very few of the fine schools.

Postcard Set Available

The Historical Society has some beautiful sets of postcards that can be mailed but are also suitable for framing. The complete set of eight costs $12, including shipping, and all proceeds go to the Historical Society. Four of the cards are shown below, and you can see the front and back of all eight here. Please mail check to 9687 Jones Street, Sparta GA 31087 or email Mauriel Joslyn for more information.
Postcard set

ABOUT THE SHHS

We meet once a quarter with some type of program or perhaps a field trip. Our annual dues are $10.00 per year and are due each January. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call on any one of the officers or board members.

Meeting minutes:

September, 2019
July, 2019
April, 2019
January, 2019

Sparta Renaissance

COMPLETED PROJECTS

Mt. Zion church roof

Mount Zion Church Roof

CURRENT PROJECTS

Mt. Zion church Graves Barn

Mount Zion Church and The Graves Barn

HOME TOURS

We sponsor periodic homes tours of Sparta and Hancock County.

Harley-Harris-Rives House

Sparta Hancock Historical Society

Take the 2010 Tour Online
(Requires Adobe Reader)

FEATURED HISTORIES

We hope to publish history articles pertaining to Hancock County and Sparta. Stories of people, houses, places, anything at all you would like to submit.

ITEMS FOR SALE from the Society

POSTCARDS
The Society sells a set of postcards with color drawings of the Courthouse and eleven historic homes.
$7.50, including postage

"BIRD'S-EYE VIEW" MAP OF SPARTA, 1909
(photographic paper copy, 30 x 22")
$20, including postage and mailing tube

GENEALOGY

For genealogy enquiries, contact Rick Joslyn at 706-444-7412 or RSJoslyn@aol.com; or Mauriel Joslyn at maurielj@aol.com. Fees may apply.

RECOMMENDED LINKS

www.scenicbyway.org AND www.rockmillplantation.com AND www.friendsofcems.org

If you have any questions, concerns, program ideas, or things you would like to see on the website, please do not hesitate to call on us.