Historic Scenic Loop Seven
Loop Seven or, The Linton Route, is officially part of the Scenic Byway. Take GA 15/16 or Broad Street in Sparta to Boland Road (becomes Linton Road) south to Brown Chapel Road and left and loop back to Linton Road. Glen Mary Plantation and south to Linton Community and return to Sparta. Leaving downtown Sparta on Boland you will notice on the right the Graves Barn, built circa 1890, and the Graves home, which was originally built around 1820 and evolved into a turreted Victorian around 1895. Farther down also on your right is the Ethridge-DuBose-Hitchcock House built around 1853. Following the Linton Road south you will soon come to Brown’s Chapel Road on your left, also part of the Scenic Byway. This road is a horseshoe of beautiful countryside that comes back into Linton Rd. Turn left or south on Linton Road to Glen Mary Plantation, which has been honored by Scenic America and Save America’s Treasures. It was built in 1848 and is being preserved as a center for the study of plantation landscape and the environment. A Union officer and grandson of Ethan Allen once owned the Plantation. Call 706-444-8134 for a tour. Continue south on Linton Road, taking the left fork, and you will soon come to the village of Linton. Linton is an 1860 village, which has remained virtually the same since it was built. You can return to Sparta on Linton Road.