Forgotten Pieces of Georgia

While driving back roads in Hancock County, GA in 2015 and I came into Sparta, GA. It really broke my heart to see so many storefronts on Broad Street now boarded up.

At one time Hancock County was the heart of the of the cotton industry, but after the boll weevil epidemic in the early 1900s decimated the cotton fields that all ended.

The old cotton warehouse was bought by Sparta Furniture Company and was used for decades to make wooden home furniture. In the early 2000s Sparta Furniture Company’s parent company moved to Florida and there was no longer a major employer for the citizens of Sparta.

With the loss of all those jobs, the economy dried up and most of the 39 storefronts on Broad Street closed with only 6-7 remaining today. Seeing Sparta, GA reduced to a ghost town really broke my heart. As someone from a large family of small business owners back in PA I know the struggles first hand of trying to keep a business up and running.

While visiting Sparta that day the Forgotten Pieces of Georgia was born. I wanted to raise awareness to the plight of small businesses in not only Georgia but the United States as a whole.

The project became delayed when I was in the bad car accident in late 2015 and after numerous surgeries and a long road to recovery, I was able to finally get the project back on track in 2019.

I was also blessed to have a publisher reach out to me and wanted to publish the series as an 8 volume book set. The first book will be out on November 9, 2020 and I will be doing media appearances and book signings. The title of the first book is Forgotten Pieces of Georgia - The Northwest Counties.

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Since I am not a famous author or photographer, I am not getting any kind of advance on the book series so I am still funding the entire project myself.

With the state of Georgia having 159 counties to be documented, it is a LOT of driving and staying in hotels to have enough time to capture the videos for Youtube and stills for the books and website. Visiting the website, you can sign up for emails with project updates as well as call the project tip line with info on any buildings you know of that should be included in the project.

For a donation of $30, I will send you an autographed copy of the first book in November, so you won’t have to wait in line at an Atlanta bookstore to get one.
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