Rebuilding to start soon on burned Ga. courthouse from 1883

SPARTA, Ga. (AP) - Hancock County's historic courthouse, affectionately known to locals as "Her Majesty," will soon be on the way to recovery after being gutted by fire last summer.

The Telegraph newspaper of Macon reports (

) work to rebuild the 1883 courthouse in Hancock County is scheduled to begin Jan. 5.  The building's Second Empire-style architecture was rare in the South and inspired its royal nickname.

A fire Aug. 11 burned everything but the courthouse's exterior shell, leaving only charred brick. The cause still hasn't been determined.

County Commission Chairwoman Sistie Hudson says construction should take about 15 months, wrapping up in the spring of 2016. Hancock County's insurance policy is paying the $6.6 million cost.


Information from: The Macon Telegraph,

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