Category Archives: Sparta GA

Restoration of Sayre-Alford House, Sparta

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One of the “Twin Houses of Sparta”, which was long in a state of neglect and disrepair, the Sayre-Alford House (circa 1829) has been beautifully restored. The image below is from 2011.

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Sparta Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Baxter-Powell House, Circa 1820, Sparta

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Sistie Hudson writes that she and her husband, Robert, restored this house in 1979 and lived here for 17 years.  She also notes: It really is not the Lafayette-Baxter-Powell House as it states on a sign there—–the first owner was Richard Baxter, the longest ownership was Lafayette Powell, after that was Hudson’s, Harper, Clary (didn’t live here, just flipped it), Lambert, and now Matson.

Sparta Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Visionary Artist Johnny Culver, Sparta

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When I was in Sparta to photograph the rededication of the Hancock County Courthouse, I met this gentleman. John “Johnny” Culver is a visionary artist who came back to his hometown of Sparta in 2000 after living in the Atlanta for a time. While there, he suffered a nervous breakdown at the age of 20, after a failed relationship. He told me that creating the art gave him the ability to come back from that and he was very clear that God gets all the credit.

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He works in paint and ink and on every imaginable surface. I also feel lucky, since he told me he does not usually allow photographs. I found a few images of him online from an article by Tom Patterson and a piece by Fred Scruton and one or two from his London-based gallerist, but that was it. I’m so glad we made a connection and that he placed the trust in me to share.

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All Art Objects Pictured are © John Culver, Sparta, Georgia

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Roberts-Beall House, Circa 1845, Sparta

Roberts Beall House Antebellum Sparta GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Located on Monument Square across from the courthouse, this antebellum survivor is stable but in dire need of further restoration. It’s one of my many favorites in Sparta, a town worth the drive from anywhere in Georgia. I’ve met some really nice folks here who are proud to talk about their rich history. The town was founded in 1795 by Major Charles Abercrombie of North Carolina, a veteran of the American Revolution.

Sparta Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Sparta Feed & Seed, Circa 1890s

Sparta GA Old Store Building Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Thanks to Neale Nickels of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation for the identification. The property is presently for sale through the Trust’s Revolving Fund.

Sparta Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Masonic Lodge, Sparta

Masonic Lodge Sparta GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Sparta Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Spring Street Storefronts, Sparta

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Sparta Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Hattaway Furniture, Sparta

Sparta GA Hattaway Furniture Store Building Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Sparta Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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The Sparta Ishmaelite

Sparta Ishmaelite Newspaper Window Sign Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Sparta Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

R. H. Lewis began publishing the Sparta Ishmaelite and Times & Planter in 1883. Since 1899, the newspaper has simply been known as the Sparta Ishmaelite and became a weekly in 1916.

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Broad Street Storefronts, Sparta

Sparta GA Hancock County Broad Street Storefronts Collins Records and Tapes Deraneys Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

A variety of early-20th-century commercial storefronts in various states of renovation highlight the commercial core of Sparta. It’s very colorful and very pedestrian friendly.

Sparta GA Downtown Commercial Storefronts Historic District Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Sparta Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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