Glen Mary "The Temple on the Hill"

Glen Mary "The Temple on the Hill" (HM20N8)

Location: Sparta, GA 31087 Hancock County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 10.65', W 83° 0.033'

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Built Circa 1848

Confederate Colonel Theophilus Jackson Smith built Glen Mary as a gift to his wife, Mary Salome Gonder. The estate would become a major cotton producer in Middle Georgia before the Civil War. The house is considered by many as the finest Greek Revival raised cottage remaining on rural land.

During the Civil War, Glen Mary was narrowly spared by Union General William Tecumseh Sherman's invading armies and became a hiding place for Confederate Secretary of State Robert Toombs after the Confederates surrendered in 1865.

In 1869, Colonel Smith sold Glen Mary to his former adversary, Union General Ethan Allen Hitchcock and his wife, Martha Rind Nicholls Hitchcock. General Hitchcock died here on August 5, 1870. Mrs. Hitchcock ran the estate until her death in 1918 when it descended to her niece. Glen Mary remained the Nicholls family farm until the 1980s.

Preservation America Trust purchased Glen Mary in 1998 and has overseen a comprehensive restoration to its original appearance.
HM NumberHM20N8
Series This marker is part of the Daughters of the American Revolution series
Year Placed2017
Placed ByFort Peachtree Chapter NSDAR
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, August 11th, 2017 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 313476 N 3672747
Decimal Degrees33.17750000, -83.00055000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 10.65', W 83° 0.033'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 10' 39" N, 83° 0' 1.98" W
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Area Code(s)706
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7342 Linton Rd, Sparta GA 31087, US
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