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.
Click here for the Walking Tour Brochure
Join us on Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26, 2022 for the Sparta City Cemetery Tour. Times are 5pm, 5:30 and 6pm for Friday. Saturday times are 4pm, 4:30 and 5pm.
There are many fascinating people buried in the Sparta City Cemetery. This tour offers a few examples of the stories that add to the history of the community, as well as the country. Some were wealthy and educated, some were just starting their lives. Some were strangers to the community and some were 3rd or 4th generation landowners. The thirteen represented in this tour all make up a wonderful tapestry of history. Get tickets here ($10 each).
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.
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.
Mount Zion Church and The Graves Barn
We sponsor periodic homes tours of Sparta and Hancock County.
the 2010 Tour Online
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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
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
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.