Sparta, GA (WJBF) – It was in August 2014 that the Hancock County Courthouse burned to the ground. Over the past 2 years, the community has been working to restore this historic building and Sparta residents caught a glimpse at what the finished product will look like Wednesday.
The new building is almost identical to the one built in 1881 that burned down, except this courthouse has all of the bells and whistles that a modern day courthouse would have and 2 courtrooms.
Sparta, Georgia residents came out Wednesday, which was such an exciting day as the y got to see the project nearing the end.
People were coming out of nearby businesses and homes to take pictures and watch as the base of the newly rebuilt Hancock County Courthouse was lifted by a crane and placed on top of the grand building. People made a day of the event, bringing their lawn chairs out and anxiously awaiting to see the beginning of a new start for Hancock County.
“I’m very, very excited. That’s why I’m sitting out here in the square watching history in the making. Very excited…this is an exciting moment for Sparta, Hancock County,” said Hancock County’s chief magistrate, Shirley Ingram.
Thursday morning, workers will put the finishing piece on the top of the building. Officials plan to open the courthouse back up this summer. City officials will hold a sneak peek tour from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14th.