Sparta, Hancock County
The Hancock County Courthouse in Sparta, Ga. received the Marguerite Williams Award, presented annually to the project that has had the greatest impact on preservation in the state. The building also received an award in the Excellence in Preservation category. The Hancock County Courthouse received the Marguerite Williams Award in recognition of the community’s determination to rebuild the historic building after it was destroyed by fire in 2014. Listed twice on The Georgia Trust Places in Peril list, the Second Empire style courthouse has served the county since 1883 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Nicknamed “Her Majesty” by locals, the Hancock County Courthouse was reconstructed and reopened in 2016.