The Pine Belt

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Regional History 

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The Treaty Mount Dexter

Highway 84 & St. Stephens

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Cooley’s (Waynesboro)

Huff & Puff Smokehouse (Waynesboro)

Mississippi Fried Chicken (Waynesboro)

Things to See

The Chickasawhay River

Chickasawhay Lighthouse (State Line)

Maynor Creek Water Park (Waynesboro)

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Greene: est. 1811; pop. 14,440

Wayne: est. 1809; pop. 20,747

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Leakesville: (CS) pop. 898

McLain, pop. 441

State Line, pop. 566

Waynesboro, pop. 5,043

State Line & the Chickasawhay Lighthouse

The Buckatunna Train Heist

The Law & the Lawless in Leakesville

Haunted Waynesboro-Shubuta Road

The Bicycle Bandit

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Crescent City Grill (Hattiesburg)

Depot Kitchen and Market (Hattiesburg)

Keg & Barrel (Hattiesburg)

Places to Stay

The Bay (Hattiesburg)

Meador Homestead (Hattiesburg)

River Ranch (Hattiesburg)

Things to See and Do

Black Creek Trail (Hattiesburg)

Hattiesburg Zoo (Hattiesburg)

Colleges and Universities

University of S. Mississippi (Hattiesburg)

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Forrest: est. 1906; pop. 74,934

Lamar: est. 1904; pop. 55,658

Perry: est. 1820; pop. 12,250

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Beaumont, pop. 977

Hattiesburg: (CS) pop. 45,989

Lumberton, pop. 2,228

New Augusta, (CS) pop. 715

Petal: pop. 10,454

Purvis, (CS) pop. 2,164

Richton, pop. 1,068

Sumrall, pop. 1,005

The Hanging of James Copeland 

The Hub City (1880-1899)

A Postcard from Camp Shelby

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Morgan’s on Main (Collins)

Pasquale’s (Laurel)

The Smokehouse of Laurel (Laurel)

Places to Stay

Wisteria (Laurel)

Things to See

Grand Paradise Water Park (Collins)

The Deason House (Ellisville)

Lauren Rogers Museum of Art (Laurel)

Colleges and Universities

Jones CC (Ellisville)

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Covington: est. 1819; pop. 19,568

Jones: est. 1826; pop. 67,761

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Collins: (CS) pop. 2,586

Ellisville: (CS) pop. 4,488

Laurel: (CS) pop. 18,548

Mount Olive, pop. 982

Sandersville: pop. 789

Seminary, pop. 314

Soso: pop. 408

A Disagreement 155 Years Strong

The History of Laurel

The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art 

Lelia Rogers Never Forgot Laurel

The Crossroads of the Pine Belt

Regarding Mount Olive...

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The Caboose Restaurant (McComb)

The Dinner Bell (McComb)

The Mallard (Summit)

Places to Stay

The Inn on Whitworth (Brookhaven)

Things to See

Lake Lincoln State Park (Brookhaven)

Percy Quinn State Park (McComb)

Bogue Chitto Water Park (McComb)

Colleges and Universities 

Southwest Mississippi CC (Summit)

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Lincoln: est. 1870; pop. 34,869

Pike: est. 1815; pop. 40,404 

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Bogue Chitto: pop. 522

Brookhaven: (CS) pop. 12,520

Magnolia: pop. 2,420

McComb: (CS) pop. 13,644

Osyka and a Little Cemetery in Louisiana

An Overnight Stay in Summit

Ole Brook Strong

The Hamlet of Bogue Chitto

The Old Macedonia Cemetery

Art, Preservation, & an Old Jail in McComb

Janie’s Pastry with a Side of Preservation

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Cowboy Jim’s Riverside (Prentiss)

Joe Watts Smoking Grill (Monticello)

Southern Fried Rabbit (Columbia)

Places to Stay

Corner Oaks (Columbia)

Things to See and Do

Downtown Columbia

The Last Living Slave & Union Soldier

Red Bluff: Directions

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Jefferson Davis:  est. 1906; pop. 12,487

Lawrence:  est. 1814; pop. 12,929 

Marion: est. 1811; pop. 27,088

Walthall:  est. 1912; pop. 15,443 

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Bassfield, pop. 228

Columbia: (CS) pop. 6,603

Monticello: (CS) pop. 1,571

New Hebron: pop. 447

Prentiss: (CS) pop. 1,158

Silver Creek: pop. 209

Tylertown: (CS) pop. 1,910


The History of Tylertown

The Haunting of China Grove Church

A Visit to Marion County

A Closer Look at Sylvester Magee

Columbia Celebrates 200

The History of Monticello

The History of Silver Creek

The History of Prentiss