Sparta was incorporated in 1805. The town has hundreds of historic sites and monuments, including Shoulderbone Plantation and the LaFayette Hotel. The Hancock County Courthouse, built around the early 1880s, features Victorian architecture and is one of Sparta’s National Register of Historic Places sites. Lake Sinclair is a popular boating and fishing location.
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Hancock County is home to an estimated 600 historic sites, which are reflective of a rich American Indian, European and African-American history and culture. A journey down Sparta's streets and Hancock County's back roads provides a glimpse of the romantic past, recalling the days when cotton was king.