Knowing the name of every person in town may seem like an impossible feat but that’s just because you haven’t visited a small town in Mississippi. The state is known for its hospitable residents. Take that fact and pair it with towns that have populations of 2,000 or less and you’ll undoubtedly find that towns where “everybody knows everybody” actually exist; here are 15 perfect examples.
About halfway between Raymond and Vicksburg, you’ll find Utica. The town was first settled in the 1700s, and before long, Utica was booming, complete with over 100 businesses, an opera house, and three newspapers. Today, things have slowed down greatly for Utica’s 1,000 residents; however, remnants of the town’s past, such as the Ellis Price Mansion and the Woodmen of the World building, which is the oldest in Utica, serve as reminders.
Located in northern Mississippi, the small town of Taylor is home to a little over 300 people, but don’t let the town’s size fool you. The picturesque town has a thriving music and art scene and is home to the renowned catfish house, Taylor Grocery.
Home to 1,200 residents, Caledonia is located just north of Columbus. The small town was first established in 1904, and after celebrating the centennial in 2004, the town decided to turn the festivities into an annual event, which has since been named Caledonia Days. The two-day event, which features food, entertainment, and vendors, is held every October and attracts thousands of visitors from near and far.
4. New Hebron
New Hebron has a total area of .7 square miles and is home to about 550 residents, making it the very definition of a small town. Although small, the town has made big waves in the world of sports – notable residents include NBA player Erick Dampier and NFL running back Major Everett.
Home to just under 2,000 people, Raymond is a small town that’s big on history, which lives on through the historic square, the Hinds County Courthouse, numerous preserved antebellum buildings, a Confederate cemetery, and Raymond Military Park.
6. Snow Lake Shores
It turns out this small town is just as beautiful as the name suggests. Originally established as a private resort community, Snow Lake Shores wasn’t incorporated as a town until 1996. The current population is about 300 but that number normally triples during the summer months.
Tucked away in the southwest corner of the state, Woodville is by far one of Mississippi’s best kept secrets. The charming town, which has about 1,100 residents, includes a lovely historic district and is home to the Clark Creek Nature Area – a 700-acre area that is highlighted by over 50 waterfalls.
Only about 500 people are lucky enough to call this quintessential small town home. And lucky may be an understatement. Carrollton is filled with beautiful, historic homes, storefronts, churches, and government buildings, many of which can be toured during the city’s annual pilgrimage.
In 1885, the Illinois Central Railroad came to Choctaw County. That same year, the town of Ackerman was established and named after an official of the railroad company. Today, Ackerman is home to about 1,500 residents and one of the best kept culinary secrets in the state, Sonny’s Smokehouse. The local favorite serves up some of the best barbecue around, which is only outshined by the generous portions and low prices.
The county seat of Franklin County, Meadville was named for the political leader Cowles Mead. The picture-perfect town is located in the southwest region of the state and is within 30 minutes of Brookhaven, McComb, and Natchez, which means the town’s 500 residents are never at a loss when it comes to things to do.
Named after well-known farmer and military leader John Coffee, this small town has a population just over 900. Coffeeville is located in Yalobusha County. The courthouse in Coffeeville was constructed in 1890, and was restored in 1942, following a fire that destroyed much of the interior.
This small town made a huge contribution during World War II, sending more men to serve in the war than any other town of its size, an act that earned D’Lo a feature in Life Magazine. Today, the town with a population of under 500 is known for something else – the D’Lo Waterpark. Located on the Strong River, the waterpark is perfect for all types of recreational activities, including fishing, canoeing, and camping.
Located in northern Mississippi, Abbeville was settled by pioneers from South Carolina in the 1800s. Not long after, the town was almost completely destroyed during the Civil War’s Vicksburg Campaign. Luckily, the quaint town survived, and as of today, 450 residents are lucky enough to call Abbeville home.
Technically an unincorporated community, Waterford is located in Marshall County. At one time, the town included several shops and a cotton mill. Although things have slowed down a bit in Waterford over the years, residents can keep busy by visiting the nearby towns of Holly Springs and Oxford.
In terms of small towns, it doesn’t get much smaller than Tishomingo. The town has less than 400 residents, but that doesn’t mean it’s gone unnoticed. The town is home to the picturesque Tishomingo State Park. Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the award-winning park is rich in both history and scenic beauty.
Life in small town Mississippi is truly a blessing. What other small towns would you add to this list?