History of Sparta TN

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.

France Cemetery

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.

General George C. Dibrell’s Home

George was born in Sparta on the 12th of April in 1822 and married Mary E. Leftwick, daughter to a Sparta trader. Their home was built along Gaines Street. It is full of George’s memories as a commander of troops and a captain. He is also known as the president of the South Western Railroad, U.S Congressman, local government leader, and prosperous merchant.

A stroll around Liberty Square

There are historic buildings on the south that include a war monument and a memorial that commemorate Sparta's musical heritage and Lester Flatt just in front of the City Hall all maintained by a Sparta heating contractor. There is a clock encircling the City Hall; it was built in 1998 to remember the former Mayor Mose Sims. Oldham Theatre is also here where various annual events have been held; for example, the Liberty Square celebration and Sock Hop. For a long, scenic walk, try the paved Calfkiller River Trail, which starts at South Carter Street Park.

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