Historic Markers Across Georgia

Old Eagle Tavern

Marker ID: GHM 070-2
Location: LaFayette Hotel, Main Street, Sparta, GA
County: Hancock
Coordinates: N 33° 16.526    W 082° 58.547
  33.27543    -82.97578
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM6C1X
Old Eagle Tavern Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


The Eagle Tavern, built in the late 18th century, once stood on the site of the present Lafayette Hotel. A state coach stop on the Augusta to Macon line, the tavern owned by a Mr. A. Abercrombie was the scene of a great ball held for the Marquis de LaFayette in 1825. Burned in the late 1830´s, the Tavern was replaced by the present structure in 1840 when it was known as the Edwards´ House. Renamed the Drummer´s Home in 1897 it was, in 1900, voted by traveling men the most popular hotel in Georgia and received a silver wine dispenser from the Georgia Hotel


LaFayette Hotel Today
Old Eagle Tavern
Photo by Ken Moser