Pierce Memorial Methodist Church

Pierce Memorial Methodist Church (HMWZG)

Location: Sparta, GA 31087 Hancock County
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N 33° 16.617', W 82° 58.383'

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The first regular appointment for Sparta as a preaching place on a circuit was in 1799 with George Dougherty, one of the great preachers of the period as pastor. In 1802, Bishop Francis Asbury preached in the courthouse.

In 1806, the South Carolina Conference, of which Sparta was a member, held its session in Sparta and the town appears for the first time as head of the Sparta Circuit. That same year, Robert Flournoy, a Revolutionary soldier, deeded a lot to John Lucas and Henry Mose, trustees of the Methodist Society of Sparta. On this lot, the previous year, a church had been built. It served, with necessary remodeling, for 105 years, until 1910, when it was destroyed by fire. In 1906 the Centennial of Sparta Methodism was celebrated. This building was completed in 1934.

Many prominent pastors have served this church — George Dougherty, Jesse Lee, Bishop Atticus G. Haygood, Bishop Warren A. Candler. Though Bishop George F. Pierce was never pastor here, for many years he considered it his home church.
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number070-10
Year Placed1958
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 10:11am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 316249 N 3683726
Decimal Degrees33.27695000, -82.97305000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 16.617', W 82° 58.383'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 16' 37.02" N, 82° 58' 22.98" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 701-719 Boland St, Sparta GA 31087, US
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