Hancock County, Tennessee is located in the northeastern part of the state near the Virginia border.
Hancock County was created from parts of Hawkins and Claiborne counties. The act establishing the county was passed by the state legislature in 1844, but several Hawkins residents sued to block its creation. In 1848, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled in favor of the new county. The county seat, Sneedville, was named in honor of attorney William H. Sneed, who represented the county in the court case. The county was named for Revolutionary War patriot John Hancock
Hancock County covers a rugged part of the state over 222 square miles and is home to 6,657 people making it the fourth smallest county population wise and one of the smallest area wise as well.
The Hancock County Courthouse is located in the county seat of Sneedville. The Neoclassical courthouse was designed by Allen N. Dryden and built by the Emory Construction Company in 1931.