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Georgia's "Hidden Jewel"

With it's beautiful lakes, stunning landscapes and pine tree forests and quaint communities, Hancock County is often referred to as the "Hidden Jewel" of Georgia. It was first established in 1793 and is named after John Hancock, the first signer of the Declaration of Independence. Two years later in 1795, the City of Sparta was formed and continues to be the county seat.  * Hancock County History

The county has an abundance of natural resources, including Lake Sinclair and Lake Oconee, as well as Hamburg State Park, several city and county parks and many smaller sized ponds throughout.  These all make Hancock County a perfect destination for watersports and hunting and fishing enthusiasts. Hancock is also one of the larger counties in the state in terms of land, making it very attractive and competitive to projects that require many acres. 

In recent years, there has been a significant appreciation and interest in the rich history and historical significance of Sparta and Hancock County. Tourism is quickly becoming a solid foundation for a thriving economy in the area.  Recent successful events such as, the Tour of Historical Churches, the Black History Tour and the Tour of Historical Homes with The Georgia Trust for Historical Preservation Society, have enriched our county with new people visiting. 

Other annual community events, the Pine Tree Festival, There is ART in SpARTa festival, the Martin Luther King city clean-up and program and the Labor Day Picnic draw large crowds each year. 

Sparta has become a destination city for newcomers. Each year more people move to the city, making it home for their families and businesses.  They have settled in and add to Hancock County's rich tapestry of diverse people and resources.


With the help of The Georgia Trust, many of the historic homes and buildings in the city are now being restored.





Chamber of Commerce meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 4:00pm at the furniture / mushroom factory

County Commissioners meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 5:00pm at the Courthouse  706-444-5746

Sparta / Hancock Development Authority meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 8:00am at the furniture / mushroom factory

Board of Elections & Registration meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 5:00pm at the BOER office located at 9091 E. Broad St.

Board of Education meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:00pm in the library media center at HCHS

Headstart meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 5:00pm in the library media center at HCHS

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