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Sparta Cemetery was originally owned by the Methodist Church of Sparta, the town’s first church. The church was established about the time that Methodist Bishop Francis Asbury first preached a sermon in Sparta on December 1, 1801.
Burials were never limited to Methodists, however, and the Sparta Cemetery was established as a community cemetery in the same year (1805) as Sparta’s incorporation. The oldest gravestone is that of Peter Temple (1750-1802), a Revolutionary War soldier, but it is not known if his grave was part of the Methodist Church burials or if his grave was moved to the cemetery at a later date. There are three other marked graves with dates prior to 1810 in section A, and other marked graves prior to 1820 are found in sections A and D.
The original boundary of Sparta Cemetery was expanded in the early 1930s, with new space added to the east of the original boundary as well as to the north and northwest. Sparta Cemetery is now 9.76 acres and is still an active cemetery. The cemetery is currently divided into approximately 650 lots for burial, with approximately 2200 recognizable graves. The cemetery is currently owned and maintained by the Sparta Cemetery Association