Tag Archives: Hancock County

Culverton United Methodist Church-Culverton, Georgia

The congregation of the Culverton United Methodist Church was formed in 1881. The current church building was completed in 1911.

The church is no longer active as of 2016.

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.

Trinity School-Sparta, Georgia

Hancock County

Located next to the Trinity CME Church and south of Sparta is the Trinity School. It was used until 1959 to educate Black schoolchildren of the area. Based on the design, this one-room schoolhouse was built before Rosenwald schools were and, likely, before 1910.

Bethel Baptist Church-Sparta, Georgia

Hancock County

The church was founded in 1802, and the building was moved to this site in 1828. Prior to Emancipation, the church held services for slave holders and the people they enslaved.

After the Civil War, the newly freedmen and women founded Hickory Grove Baptist Church.

Amanda America Dickson Toomer-Georgia

This is Amanda America Dickson, who became one of the wealthiest African American women after her father left his wealth to her. This was an unusual act because most white planters did not recognize the children born of the women they enslaved. Dickson’s relatives contested the will, but the Georgia courts ruled in favor of Ms. Dickson.

The plantation where Amanda was born and her mother, Julia, was enslaved still exists in Sparta. The home that she lived in with her mother and her two sons still stands today. It sits on Dickson Plantation on the outskirts of Sparta. David Dickson owned significantly more land than what makes up the modern day Dickson Plantation.

St. Paul’s CME Church is the church, through the woods from the Dickson plantation, where many Dicksons are buried. It is said that Julia Dickson, Amanda’s mother, rests here. If true, she is without a headstone.

Through the woods, near the plantation, is the St. Paul’s CME Church where Julia worshipped. If you visit, you will notice the graveyard is filled with Dicksons. The mother is buried there, but she seems to be without a headstone because I’ve been unable to locate it in my visits. The congregation is still active with a newer brick church down the road from this building.

This is Amanda Dickson’s home in Augusta. It’s currently under restoration.

After winning her court case, Amanda moved to Augusta with her sons and mother and lived in the yellow home on Telfair Street. Amanda married Nathan Toomer (Toomer was the father of Jean Toomer, the author), but she died only one year after they got married.

Trinity CME Church is where Amanda Dickson Toomer’s funeral was held. This church was slated for demolition, but the community and church leaders rallied to get it saved.

Her funeral was held at the Trinity CME Church in Augusta. Her final resting place is in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Augusta. Even though her husband remarried, he rests next to Amanda.

Amanda’s marker in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

This is a small look into Amanda’s life. There is a book about her life written by Kent Leslie. There’s also a movie, starring Jennifer Beals of Flashdance and L-Word fame, called “A House Divided.” It’s available via YouTube.

Nathan’s marker is next to Amanda’s.
This is Julia Dickson’s home in Sparta where she lived after Amanda passed away.

John McCown House-Mayfield, Georgia

This house has fueled the imagination of many because it is so beautiful, and I wish it could be saved. I understand from those that have been inside the house has been stripped of all the interesting details. It’s still a beautiful Queen Anne, though. I like to drive by it anytime I am in the area.

More recently known as the John McCown house, the Hancock County political organizer, tax records show the house was built in 1900, which might be a little late.

You can read the 2012 John Rozier book about McCown.