Road Trip 18: Sparta Georgia a Ruin that Lives and Haunts

Every few minutes a pole truck rounded Veterans Park on Highway 16 passing the ruin of Hancock County Courthouse.


Even at dusk under the dull overcast sky the courthouse was a fine ruin. The August 11 fire was a blow but Sparta still stands.

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I'm not a believer in ghosts yet Sparta haunts me. The empty houses had more to tell that I could bear.

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There's a six block commercial district but not much commerce.

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This town had it's heyday before the boll weevil. And what a heyday.

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Now many of it's mansions are for sale.

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Even the "little" houses stood proud.

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They really know how to do porches.

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This seemed to be waiting for its fire.

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East Adams Street.

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Graves Barn.

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These amazing houses left us wondering about everything.

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Do they have a future?

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This one is tidy for now.

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This one not.

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Tidy.

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Elegant but not tidy. Is this one wasting away?

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This porch has a tilt.

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Fresh paint.

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Fresh porch.

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There seemed to be another one around every corner.

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And another one.

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This one wasn't like the others. I spoke with the guy in the yard. "It's a house and it's for sale if you want to buy it."

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We were snooping among the ruins. In the city, in Detroit they'd call this ghetto tourism.

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Doomed on Maiden Lane?

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The side of "Doomed" on Maiden Lane.

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Every few minutes we caught the smell of pine rosin as a pole truck roared by the courthouse.