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Walker-Moore House Lost to Fire-Sparta, Georgia

When you think of the historic homes of Sparta, Georgia, you likely don’t think of Spanish Colonial Revival. Sparta had at least one, and it was lost to fire in recent months. It was a contributing property to the Sparta Historic District.

Tax records indicate it was built in 1905, but the GNARGHIS survey states it was built in 1920. John D. Walker initially built the home and later sold it to the G. B. Moore family.

I will update the post with the cause of the fire once I know.

This is not my image. I pulled it from Wikipedia, but I wanted to show you what it looked like before the fire.
This photo is from the GNARGHIS survey.

Myrtle Hill Cemetery-Rome, Georgia

Opened in 1857, Myrtle Hill Cemetery is one of three cemeteries in Rome, Georgia, that sits on top of a hill to avoid potential flooding from nearby rivers, the Etowah and Oostanaula. The cemetery got its name from the creeping myrtle that covered the cemetery.

There were several Civil War battles in and around Rome, which necessitated the use of Myrtle Hill as a Confederate burial ground. Additionally, there were hospitals to take care of the sick and wounded, so many of those soldiers were buried in the Confederate section of Myrtle Hill.

The Tippin Angel

The cemetery consists of several plateaus (terraces) to create the layered wedding cake design of the roads and sections of the cemeteries. The highest point in the cemetery is known as Crown Point.

The Cheney Angel
The Griffin Angel
Little Mary Hardy, 1878-1879, raises her arms up to her parents, Kathryn and Samuel Hardy.
Branham marker
Hattie Bass Veal, d. 1913
Close-up of the Veal monument
Henry Woolfolk, 1893-1910
This shows some of the “layers” of Myrtle Hill. In this part of the cemetery, most of the roads are blocked because of how tight the area is for cars.

Summertown United Methodist Church-Methodist, Georgia

The Summertown United Methodist Church was built in 1891. This church is a modest example of Carpenter Gothic architecture. The white board and batten are hallmarks of this style.

The church was active until 1995 when the Methodist Conference dissolved the congregation.

Mt. Sinai Holiness Church of God-Emanuel County, Georgia

The Mt. Sinai Holiness Church of God sits just off the road in Emanuel County. Based on the name, this congregation was likely a Church of God in Christ (COGIC) denomination. While open to all races, members in the churches are mostly African American. Georgia’s historic resource database indicates that the church was built in 1945. According to Google Street Views, this church was active until at least 2014.