Hancock County Courthouse - Sparta, GA
It's kind of run down looking. Not sure what is going on with the pic, our internet has been crappy lately and the web space is acting squirrely as well. Hopefully I can get the picture to completely upload tomorrow.
Date Built: 1881-83
Architectural Style: Second Empire
Designer: Parkins and Bruce
Other Information: After the Hancock County's creation, court was initially held in a wooden building known as Four Mile Store. Later, a wooden courthouse was built in Sparta. A two-story brick courthouse was built in the 1800s on the site of the current courthouse. This building was torn down in 1881 and replaced by the present courthouse, which opened in 1883. Restoration work on the building was completed in the 1970s.
County History: Hancock County was created by an act of the General Assembly approved on Dec. 17, 1793. Created from portions of Greene and Washington counties, Georgia's 15th county was named for John Hancock, who was a noted leader in the independence movement leading to the American Revolution. A portion of Hancock County was used to help create Taliaferro County in 1825.
County Seat: Sparta. Named for the famous Greek city, Sparta was founded in 1795 by American Revolutionary officer Maj. Charles Ambercrombie of North Carolina. It was designated county seat in 1797 and incorporated by the legislature on Dec. 3, 1805.