Baxter-Powell House

Sparta - Hancock County
545 Adams Street , Sparta, GA 31087
c. 1820

Nestled on a corner lot, the Baxter-Powell House is a fine example of the Plantation Plain type. The house sits on 0.52 acres and is approximately 2,500 sq. ft. Built c. 1820, this two-story, pine, wood-frame home has eight rooms, including two bedrooms, two full bathrooms and five fireplaces. Modern amenities complement the historic interior which features pine flooring, hand-planed plank ceilings and wainscoting, and original mantels, doors and hardware. Enjoy the views of the yard that are bursting with flower gardens and fruit trees. Relax on one of the two covered full-length porches that extend the front and rear of the home. The uniquely detailed house is also loaded with many of its original exterior features including original operating wood shutters, which add to its historic character and charm. There are two outbuildings on the property that could be used as garden or storage sheds.

The house has been continuously lived in throughout its history and has been well maintained with a new roof in 2019 and updated HVAC. Unfortunately, a chimney collapsed during an attempted repair and will need to be reconstructed.

The house is a contributing property within the Sparta Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and may be eligible for state and federal rehabilitation incentives.

About Sparta

Located in Hancock County, Sparta is just over 100 miles east of Atlanta and is roughly 70 miles west of Augusta. It has a population of approximately 1,700. Founded in 1795, Sparta flourished throughout the nineteenth century due to the cotton industry. Many fine residential and commercial buildings were built during this time, but the town fell into great economic decline when the boll weevil affected cotton plantations. Teeming with several historic sites and monuments, Sparta has been described as an outdoor museum of Greek Revival architecture, while the Hancock County Courthouse, an excellent example of Victorian architecture, is just one of the many structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

About The Georgia Trust

The Georgia Trust is a nonprofit statewide preservation organization. The Revolving Fund program was established to provide effective alternatives to demolition or neglect of architecturally and historically significant properties by promoting their rehabilitation and monitoring their preservation in perpetuity. All properties sold through this program have conservation easements in place to ensure the historic integrity of the property is retained. Additionally, buyers are required to sign a Rehabilitation Agreement and all work done to the property must abide by The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. Copies of these documents will be provided by The Georgia Trust for review.

Contact Info
Dennis Lovello
t: 404-885-7819
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