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Boyer House, 1860s, Linton

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Linton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Womble House, 1860s, Linton

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The gables and front porch were added in the late 1800s.

Linton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Prescott-Stone House, 1850s, Linton

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This was built in the late 1850s, and though simple in comparison to some of the larger houses in Linton, it’s very well-preserved.

Linton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Dr. John Stone House, Circa 1850, Linton

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Built before the official settlement of Linton for Vermont native Dr. John Stone, this iconic house was still unpainted when photographed by David Kaminsky for the Department of Natural Resources in 1975. In 1837, Dr. Stone purchased all the land around what would officially become Linton in 1858.  In Architecture of Middle Georgia: The Oconee Area, John Linley dates the house to circa 1837, though this now seems to have been an assumption based on the date of Dr. Stone’s land acquisition. I’m not sure if further research has pinpointed a more specific date. (The house is variously known as the Stone-Buck-Boyer, or Stone-Boyer House). Dr. Stone’s daughter Willie was married to John Buck and for a time the house was known as the Buck House. John and Willie’s daughter, Nora Buck Boyer, was a later owner. It has been beautifully restored and maintained by Dr. Stone’s descendants and is an enduring symbol of Linton’s amazing historic district.

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Linton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Duggan House, 1850s, Linton

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Ivey Duggan, who lived in this house, was the first person in Georgia to receive a teaching license.

Linton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Linton United Methodist Church, 1891, Hancock County

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After Reverends J. R. King and B. E. L. Timmons held a revival in 1890, the Linton Methodist Church was formed soon thereafter and the congregation built this church, still in use, between 1890 and 1891.

Linton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

 

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Hancock County Courthouse Rededication, Sparta

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I spent many good times in Hancock County when I was a student at Georgia College and still visit at least once a year to explore its wonderful architecture. I was devastated when I learned that their historic courthouse had been consumed by fire on 11 August 2014. But thanks to the untiring determination of Commission Chairman Sistie Hudson, Her Majesty, as the courthouse is often called, rose from the ashes.

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Two years to the day after the fire I made my way to Sparta to attend the rededication ceremony. At a time when many counties are building generic government facilities, Hancock County made sure their “new” courthouse would pay homage to the original. It’s nearly identical. Thanks largely to assistance from the insurance fund of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia, the $7 million project was executed wonderfully, and should stand as an example to other counties as to how to deal with such crises in the future.

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The clouds moved in just as we reached Sparta. But it never rained. A large crowd was already gathered and it just kept growing. There was a sense of pride and community that one rarely sees these days.

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Politicians were on hand, along with the public, to christen the new and improved courthouse.

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Former Congressman and Hancock County native Buddy Darden

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Putnam County Commissioner Billy Webster.

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Hancock County Commission Chairman Sistie Hudson.

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After speeches were made and a benediction given, the clouds slowly began to clear.

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The future looks great for Her Majesty and Hancock County.

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The photos that follow are random images of people at the ceremony. One of the things I took away from this day was a great sense of community pride, and that’s reassuring in these divisive times.

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