Historical Markers in
Scott County, Mississippi

In 1963, civil rights activist Medgar Evers was assassinated outside his home in Jackson, Mississippi. His killer, Byron De La Beckwith, was not convicted until 1994.

Scott County, Mississippi is a region steeped in history and rich in culture. It was named after Abram M. Scott, a veteran of the Battle of New Orleans, and has a fascinating past that spans several centuries.

The area that is now Scott County was originally home to Native American tribes, including the Choctaw people, who lived off the land and thrived in the region for centuries. European settlement began in the early 1800s when pioneers moved into the area, drawn by the fertile land and abundant natural resources.

Scott County played an important role during the Civil War. It was the site of several skirmishes and saw both Confederate and Union troops passing through. The Battle of Decatur, fought in October 1863, was a significant engagement that occurred in the county. The war left a lasting impact on the area, shaping its political and social landscape for years to come.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Scott County experienced growth and development with the expansion of the railroad system. The town of Forest, now the county seat, became a vibrant center of commerce and trade. Industries such as timber harvesting and agriculture flourished, contributing to the county's prosperity.

Today, Scott County continues to thrive as a close-knit community with a strong focus on agriculture and small businesses. It preserves its historical heritage through local landmarks, museums, and events that celebrate the region's past. Scott County remains a testament to the resilience and perseverance of its people throughout its vibrant and diverse history.

  • 1833 - Scott County was created as a new county in Mississippi.
  • 1834 - The county was officially organized and named after Abram M. Scott, the Governor of Mississippi.
  • 1836 - Forest became the first county seat of Scott County.
  • 1876 - The county seat was moved to Hillsboro for nearly ten years.
  • 1886 - Forest was once again designated as the county seat.
  • Early 1900s - The timber industry played a major role in the county's economy and development.
  • 1930s - The Great Depression greatly affected the county, causing economic hardship.
  • Late 1900s - Manufacturing and agriculture emerged as important industries in Scott County.
  • 2005 - Hurricane Katrina caused significant damage to the county and surrounding areas.
  • Present - Scott County continues to thrive, with a diverse economy and a strong sense of community.