Historical Markers in
Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi

Mississippi was the 20th state to join the Union, admitted on December 10, 1817.
Jefferson Davis County is located in the southwestern part of Mississippi and was established on May 9, 1906. The county was named in honor of Jefferson Davis, who was the president of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. Prior to its establishment as a county, the area was part of Covington County.

The area that is now Jefferson Davis County was initially settled by European immigrants in the early 19th century, primarily of English, Scottish, and Irish descent. These settlers engaged in various industries, including farming, timber, and sawmilling. The county's rich natural resources, such as its fertile soil and abundant forests, contributed to its economic growth over the years.

During the Civil War, Jefferson Davis County, like many other southern areas, was deeply affected by the conflict. The county experienced the challenges of wartime, including the disruption of daily life, scarcity of essential goods, and the loss of many able-bodied men who joined the Confederate Army. The aftermath of the war brought about a period of recovery and reconstruction, during which the county's economy began to rebuild itself.

Throughout the 20th century, Jefferson Davis County continued to rely on agriculture as its primary economic base. Cotton, corn, and livestock became essential to the county's agricultural industry. However, the decline of the agricultural sector and the mechanization of farming led to a shift in the county's economy. Today, Jefferson Davis County has diversified its economy, with a range of industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, and retail playing a significant role in its development.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi.

  • 1906 - Jefferson Davis County is established and named after Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederate States of America.
  • Early 1900s - The timber industry booms, becoming a major economic driver in the county.
  • 1920s - The Great Depression hits the county hard, causing economic hardship for many residents.
  • Mid-20th century - Agriculture becomes an important industry in the county, with cotton and dairy farming being prominent.
  • 1970s - The completion of Highway 84 improves transportation and connectivity within the county.
  • Late 20th century - The decline of the timber industry leads to a shift towards other industries such as manufacturing and retail.
  • 2000 - The county celebrates its centennial anniversary.
  • Present - Jefferson Davis County continues to be a rural community with a mix of agriculture, manufacturing, and retail industries.