Hancock County

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Hancock County is named for John Hancock, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and who lived from 1737 to 1793.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Greene County and Tailaferrio County

E – Warren County and Glascock County

S – Washington County and Baldwin County

W – Baldwin County and Putnam County

 

Created:  December 17, 1793                Map of Georgia highlighting Hancock County

County Seat: 

Sparta  1793 – present

 

County Courthouse – Sparta 

 

Location:  40 Courthouse Square / Broad Street

Built:  1881 – 1882

Style:  Second Empire

Architect:  Parkins and Bruce

Contractor:  James Smith and Company

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick and stone  structure. The building is located on Courthouse Square in the center of Sparta. The north front has a wide porch on the first story with central entrance. On the second story are three high arched windows with a smaller arched windows at each corner. At the roof line is a pediment with wide cornice below. On the center of the roof is a large square white colored cupola with clock and steep roof at the top. The building has a mansard roof. The courtroom is located on the second story. The building was restored in the 1970’s.

 

Note:  A fire on August 11, 2014 destroyed the building.  The building was originally constructed to allow the center timbers to fall inwards during a fire, allowing the outer walls to remain standing. The building was rebuilt using the original walls. The architect is Carter Watkins Associates Architects Inc. of Monroe and the contractor is J W Spratlin and Sons Construction of Lincolnton. The cost for reconstruction is $6,600,000.

 

History:  The first courthouse in 1793 was a wood building known as Four Mile Store. The second courthouse was a wood structure built in Sparta. The third courthouse was a brick structure built on the Courthouse Square in the 1800’s. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1881 to 1883 and suffered fire damage in 2014.

 

 

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County Courthouse before the fire in 2014 – Sparta

 

 

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County Courthouse rebuilt – Sparta

 

 

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Photos taken 2013 and 2018