by Gwen Donovan


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Incorporated in 1845, Sparta was once a Colonial farming village comprised of stone mills, general stores, and one-room schoolhouses. Summer visitors from surrounding metropolitan areas were drawn to Sparta in the late 1800s for the fresh mountain air. During that time, Thomas Edison came to Sparta to extract iron ore at his massive Edison village manufacturing plant on Sparta Mountain. The 1920s saw the development of Lake Mohawk, permanently changing the landscape of the township as the windswept Brogden Meadow was transformed into a sparkling 3-mile-long lake, which attracted hundreds of part-time residents. While Sparta is no longer a farming community, mining town, or seasonal vacation destination, today's residents take great pride in its small-town appeal and rich, colorful past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781531648299
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 10/27/2010
Pages: 130
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Gwen Donovan has lived in Sparta since 1995. She researched and compiled some 200 images from the Sparta Historical Society, Lake Mohawk Country Club, Sparta Library, private collections, and other local archives. Sparta showcases many rarely seen photographs from the 1800s to the 1970s.

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