Sparta history has lasted more than 200 years. Historical tours around the county show that many sites commemorate places, events, and people. A book published a long time ago by the White County Teachers Association at the White County Library contains a map about Sparta. The library is along Church Street, two blocks from the courthouse square. Here are a few places that show the history of Sparta.
According to Tennessee Division Sons of Confederate Veterans and legends, Ferguson was buried here. He was a guerilla fighter, martyr, and Confederate ranger. He is one of 2 Confederate soldiers to be hanged for war crimes. Some people believe he was not hanged, but his wife paid the executioner to build a scaffold in a way Ferguson would drop to a waiting wagon. The family is said to have escaped to an Indian Territory and changed their identities. Here there is a drawing of Ferguson’s brigade and hanging, a Portrait style photo.