Return to Sparta

So as most of you probably already know I did a video on Sparta, Ga in Hancock County for my Youtube channel for this project talking about all of the suffering in Sparta since the loss of the Sparta Furniture Factory at the end of the 1990s. Many of the old small business buildings in Sparta now sit empty and decaying and it’s really sad, but after I posted my video I had a comment from Robert Currey, the owner of Currey & Company, who is now a resident of Sparta and he was not happy with me for my …

Old Holiday Inn in Marietta, Ga

So an item that has been a point of contention in the City of Marietta, Georgia is this old Holiday Inn hotel that sits along Delk Road off I-75 in Marietta. Built in 1975, this hotel sported 193 rooms on six floors and was in service up until an electrical fire in 2006 forced it’s closing. This is an especially tragic story as 1 hotel guest was killed in the fire and 20 others were injured. Over the years the property has been owned by a few different owners and many times the city has been promised that the hotel …

Expanding the Project

So as I am wrapping up my Bachelors in Digital Photography at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, I just finished my e-Portfolio class and as part of that class my Professor and I decided it would be a good idea to expand this project’s web and Social Media presence. Originally I only had a Facebook page for this project and a single portfolio of images on my main Liam Photography website. So now my project has it’s own Instagram, Twitter, Website and Youtube Channel and I finished and uploaded my video on Sparta, Ga in Hancock County. What this means …

Sparta Furniture Manufacturing Company

This week as part of my Sparta, Ga project I completed my Youtube video on the city. Sparta is the County Seat of Hancock County and was once a very prosperous and thriving little city. Founded in 1795 Sparta became a large part of Georgia’s cotton industry. The building shown above was originally¬†the Sparta Cotton Warehouse which sat along the all important rail line, but with the arrival of the boll weevil in the 1920s the cotton industry was decimated. The building was later bought in the 1950s and turned into the Sparta Furniture Manufacturing Company. The new company made …

Sparta, Ga in Hancock County

This week’s blog post is on a town that is near and dear to me as someone who comes from a large family of small business owners. Sparta, Ga is located in Hancock County and is actually the county seat. In the early 1800s Sparta and Hancock County were the cotton capital of the world. They remained at the top of the cotton crop world up until after World War I when the boll weevil epidemic decimated the cotton fields and the cotton industry died out. Today driving down Broad Street, the main street in the town shows rows of …