Was incorporated 1904 and became a prosperous trade center in the late 1800's with hotels, stores, cotton gins, an oil mill, schools, cotton brokers, and black smith shops.
A prominent planter, Napoleon Robin, was responsible for bringing the railroad to the community through his grant of the first right-of-way.
John Sibille was responsible for introducing yams (sweet potatoes) to the area. As a result, in the 1940's and 50's, Sunset became a noted agricultural area for the growing of yams and became the largest shipping point for yams in the world with twenty-seven wholesale operators. It became known as the "Sweet Potato Capital of the World."