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Elm Street Gardens, Sparta

I was impressed by the wonderfully ordered and vibrant displays of Elm Street Gardens. This certified organic no-till farm covers at least four acres and sells locally and beyond. Sparta transplants Suzy and Robert Currey have done an admirable job of creating a model for a successful organic farm in a small town.

Plantings of persimmon trees along the sidewalks throughout the neighborhood are especially wonderful this time of year, heavy with fruit.

 

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Moore-Lewis House, Circa 1823, Sparta

Sparta Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Burgamy House, Sparta

Sparta Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Craftsman Bungalow, Sparta

Sparta Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Lane-Walker House, Circa 1825, Sparta

This house has been expanded at least twice in its nearly two centuries in Sparta.

Sparta Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Sparta Flower Shoppe, 1940s

Sistie Hudson notes that Jewel Stewart opened the Sparta Flower Shoppe here in the 1940s and it served that purpose until closing upon Ginger Yarbrough’s retirement in August 2018. It’s a great structure.

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Holsey Memorial C. M. E. Church, 1924, Sparta

This historic church was built in 1924 to honor Bishop L. H. Holsey, D. D. Reverend W. A. Kelley was pastor at the time. Trustees of the church were: A. D. Latimer; J. W. N. Clay; G. B. Taylor; H. L. Wynn; B. Ford; Thomas Dixon; O. L. Cain; Wilbor Clay; M. Birch; and A. H. Gilbert. R. E. White was the architect. Compass Lodge No. 160, A. F. & A. M. laid the cornerstone on 7 September 1925.

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Not Spot, Sparta

I think this is an old commercial structure that’s now used as a music store. Great color and sign.

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Georgia Railroad Depot, Circa 1881, Sparta

The Georgia Railroad depot at Sparta has been in derelict condition for many years, but the roof has recently been replaced and I believe further renovations are on the drawing board.

It is very similar to other depots of the Georgia Railroad.

Sparta 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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