Hancock County is named for John Hancock, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and who lived from 1737 to 1793.
Created: December 17, 1793
Sparta 1793 – present
County Courthouse – Sparta
Location: 40 Courthouse Square / Broad Street
Built: 1881 – 1882
Style: Second Empire
Architect: Parkins and Bruce
Contractor: James Smith and Company
Description: The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on Courthouse Square. The north front has a wide porch on the first story with central entrance. On the second story are three high arched windows with a smaller arched windows at each corner. At the roof line is a pediment with wide cornice below. On the center of the roof is a large square white colored cupola with clock and steep roof at the top. The building has a mansard roof. The courtroom is located on the second story. The building was restored in the 1970’s.
Note: A fire on August 11, 2014 destroyed the building. The building was originally constructed to allow the center timbers to fall inwards during a fire, allowing the outer walls to remain standing. The building was rebuilt using the original walls. The architect is Carter Watkins Associates Architects Inc. of Monroe and the contractor is J W Spratlin and Sons Construction of Lincolnton. The cost for reconstruction is $6,600,000.
County Courthouse before the fire in 2014
County Courthouse rebuilt
Photos taken 2013 and 2018