Antebellum Research and Preservation
History: This antebellum community contains a large number of architecturally significant buildings. Before the Civil War, Hancock County was a leading cotton producer, and the wealth created by the plantation system is evident in Sparta, its county seat. By 1803 Sparta was one of only five towns in the state to have a newspaper, and the town had begun a substantial library.
Threat: Today, vacancy and neglect of many historic resources are hindering the economic revitalization of the small town. The Sparta-Hancock Historical Society is also active, and the City of Sparta has created a historic district commission. However the City has not yet designated a historic district for the commission to administer.
Sparta Hancock Historical Society
"Jean Toomer's Sparta - by Barbara Foley
Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Records:
Various Historic Buildings and Homes in Sparta, Hancock, GA
Notable Citizen of Sparta/Hancock County - General Henry Mitchell:
Information from Friends of Hancock County, Georgia Cemeteries
Information about the Waxhaw Massacre
Mt. Zion Singing Raises $1400 - April 11, 2013 News story in The Sparta Ishmaelite