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Hancock County



Courthouse
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Source: David Seibert

LocationSparta
Date Built1881-83
Architecture StyleSecond Empire
DesignerParkins and Bruce
Seat InformationSparta. Named for the famous Greek city, Sparta was founded in 1795 by American Revolutionary officer Maj. Charles Ambercrombie of North Carolina. It was designated county seat in 1797 and incorporated by the legislature on Dec. 3, 1805.
Courthouse DetailsAfter the Hancock County's creation, court was initially held in a wooden building known as Four Mile Store. Later, a wooden courthouse was built in Sparta. A two-story brick courthouse was built in the 1800s on the site of the current courthouse. This building was torn down in 1881 and replaced by the present courthouse, which opened in 1883. Restoration work on the building was completed in the 1970s. The interior of the building was destroyed by fire in 2014.
County Data
Population9429
Population 200010,076
Population Growth-6.4
County SeatSparta
County Area478.8 Square Miles
Location MapHancock County Location Map
History

Hancock County was created by an act of the General Assembly approved on Dec. 17, 1793. Created from portions of Greene and Washington counties, Georgia’s 15th county was named for John Hancock, who was a noted leader in the independence movement leading to the American Revolution. A portion of Hancock County was used to help create Taliaferro County in 1825.

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Legal OrganSparta Ishmaelite
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Historical Population
YearPopulation
2010 9,429
2000 10,076
1990 8,908
1980 9,466
1970 9,019
1960 9,979
1950 11,052
1940 12,764
1930 13,070
1920 18,357
1910 19,189
1900 18,277
1890 17,149
1880 16,989
1870 11,317
1860 12,044
1850 11,578
1840 9,659
1830 11,820
1820 12,734
1810 13,330
1800 14,456