My name is Kelly Creely and I am a REALTOR® - Associate Broker with the Crawford Realty Group. I am a Hancock County, MS real estate agent that caters to both prime residential and commercial real estate properties that are located in Hancock County. I hope you enjoy the information on Hancock County, MS that I am sharing with you. At the bottom of this page is a list of important resources that are useful to both Hancock County, MS residents and visitors alike. Please bookmark and add this page to your favorites and visit this page often.
Why Purchase Real Estate In Hancock County, Mississippi?
Hancock County, MS History
Hancock County, Mississippi is the oldest County in the State of Mississippi. Hancock County was named after the United States Founding Father, John Hancock.
The area that includes what is now Hancock County was claimed by France in 1699. Because of its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and New Orleans in particular, by the 1870’s Hancock County featured more magnificent homes per capita than any other County in the United States.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Hancock County in 2013 was 45,566. Hancock County has the eighth highest income per capita in the State of Mississippi.
On April 7th, 1798, the United States Congress created the Mississippi Territory which included all the land that presently composes the States of Mississippi and Alabama.
Mississippi became a State in December of 1817. The first act of the Mississippi legislature was to incorporate the City of Bay St. Louis to become the Capital of the State. However, a few hours after Bay St. Louis was named the Capital of Mississippi, a vote was cast that designated Natchez as the Capital. Two years later the Capital was moved to Jackson where it remains today.
A passenger railroad line was completed in 1870 between Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans, Louisiana. Travel time from New Orleans to Bay St. Louis now took a little over one hour. Commuter trains ran regular schedules and by 1875, there were 22 scheduled stops in Bay St. Louis.
Bay St. Louis in Hancock County quickly became the dominant vacation destination on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Every Friday, during the summer months, hordes of New Orleanians traveled by train to visit The Bay for swimming parties on the beach. By 1900 there were at least 12 hotels in Bay St. Louis and several were quite large.
Until 1930, Hancock County operated the largest sawmill in the world which was located in Kiln, Mississippi. This sawmill produced a staggering 150,000 board feet of yellow pine lumber per day.
A drive along the beautiful Beach Boulevard Scenic Byway is a fantastic adventure. Beach Boulevard was formerly known as Old Highway 1. Beach Boulevard runs parallel to the Hancock County coastline for 13 miles from the northern tip of Cedar Point in Bay St. Louis, then crosses U.S. Highway 90, and then continues through the Historic District of Bay St. Louis and the coastal community of Waveland. Beach Boulevard ends at the fishing village of Bayou Cadet at the southern end of the Boulevard.
Along Beach Boulevard you will pass Dunbar Pier. Dunbar Pier is one of the most popular piers in Hancock County. It extends into the Bay of St. Louis. Fisherman flock to this pier and its pavilion and enjoy the breeze off of the bay and view a large variety of birds that scan the water for fish. This particular area is a shellfish nursery for shellfish that migrate into the Mississippi Sound and into the Gulf of Mexico. The area surrounding the Dunbar Pier is an excellent brackish water fishing spot and an occasional habitat for dolphins.
Because of the regular supply of fish, birds are plentiful at the Dunbar Pier. Birds like the Dunbar Pier area because of the gentle Gulf winds and calm sea. And, the woodland and wet marsh areas are located adjacent to the Beach Boulevard Scenic Byway. Brown pelicans in particular are regular visitors to the Dunbar Pier and as they nest in this area. In addition, blue herons and ibis frequently fish in both the open water as well as the wetland area.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast Birding Trail begins at Cedar Point at the mouth of the Jourdan River. Visitors can fish and crab from the shoreline, or walk onto the nearby pier and view the water and the very abundant wild life. Cedar Point is a favorite locale for water skiing as well as fishing.
Hancock County is conveniently located and is only a one hour drive to New Orleans. Hancock County also features some of the most beautiful sugar white sand beaches on the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast along with access to a vast array of terrific restaurants, outdoor attractions, and scenic byways and the excitement of two 24-hour non-stop casino resorts which are located in Bay St. Louis.
Hancock County has much to offer and the cost of real estate of every description is typically lower than Mississippi Gulf Coast communities located to the East in Harrison and Jackson Counties.
Whether you are planning to relocate with your family or are looking for a quiet beach retreat, let Kelly help you with your real estate investment in Hancock County, and guide you through the time consuming process of looking for that special property.
Important Resources Associated With Hancock County, Mississippi
City Data Concerning Hancock County, MS
Hancock County Sheriffs Department
Hancock County, MS Fire Department
Hancock Medical Center
Bay St. Louis Municipal Harbor
Hancock County/MS School District
Hancock County Historical Society
Bay St. Louis‘Old Town’ Website
Hancock County Tourism Development Bureau
Current U.S. Census Bureau Data on Hancock County, MS
Wikipedia info on Hancock County, MS
Hancock County Public Library
Hancock County Chamber of Commerce
Hancock County My Home Website – Relocation Guide
Hancock County Government Online
Hancock County, MS Yellow Pages
Hancock Country Scenic Byways
Bay St Louis, MS Sea Coast Echo Newspaper
What To Do and See On the Mississippi Gulf Coast West of Hancock County, MS
Dog Friendly Attractions Near Hancock County, MS
Pet Friendly Mississippi Gulf Coast Beaches
Mississippi Coastal Heritage Trail
Buccaneer Mississippi State Park
Gulf Coast Scenic Byways
Mississippi State Tourism Office Website
Sun Herald Newspaper
Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center
Mississippi Gulf Coast Attractions Association
Mississippi Gulf Coast Calendar of Events Suitable For Children
Gulf Coast Mississippi Retiree Partnership
Mississippi Gulf Coast News
Mississippi Gulf Coast Information Guide
See South Mississippi Magazine
Gulf Coast For Kids Foundation
Mississippi Gulf Coast Local News
Mississippi Gulf Coast Travel Guide
Infinity Science Center
YouTube Video Guide To Real Estate On The Mississippi Gulf Coast
Silver Slipper Casino – Hancock County
Hollywood Casino – Hancock County
List of 11 Mississippi Gulf Coast Casinos
List of Casinos in Mississippi
History of Gambling In Mississippi
Mississippi Seafood Trail – Mississippi Gulf Coasts 40 Best Seafood Restaurants
Mississippi Gulf Coast Restaurant Guide
Mississippi Online Guide To Coastal Dining
State of Mississippi Guide to 756 Restaurants and Bars
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