Hancock County has lost a treasure


Hancock County courthouse built in 1883, Georgia Trust photo

Hancock County Courthouse,1883, Georgia Trust photo

photo from 13 WMAZ

photo from 13 WMAZ

Hancock County and Georgia lost a beautiful building early this morning when the Hancock County Courthouse burned. Last year the building was placed on the Georgia Trust’s “Places in Peril” list. Hancock County is the poorest county in Georgia, and the 55th poorest in the country (US Census data).

I visited the courthouse many years ago to look up a piece of property. The courtroom reminded me of the one made famous in To Kill a Mockingbird. This is a huge loss not only for the citizens there, but for the architectural and historic value of the building, in addition to any records lost since it was built in 1883.

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