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Why Purchase Real Estate In Stone County, Mississippi?
Stone County, MS History
Stone County, Mississippi is located in South East Mississippi. Stone County is immediately north of Harrison County and is only a 20-30 minute drive from the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Stone County Seat is Wiggins.
In 1820 the first settlers of European origin become to move into the area that became the Stone County that we know now, Mississippi was a very different place.
American Indians that were part of the Houma Indian tribe settled here first. The Houma Indian tribe was decimated by war with the much larger Choctaw Indian Nation around 1800 and the surviving Houma Indians ultimately became a part of the Choctaw Indian Nation.
When Mississippi became a State in 1817, a significant population of Choctaw Indians lived in what is now Stone County.
A Lt. Col. John Bond, a very experienced early North American explorer, was one of the original settlers in this area. Col. Bond wrote a letter in 1823 to his family that described this area. Col. Bond indicated that the Indians were quite friendly and were always eager to trade their own products to Col. Bond in exchange for merchandise that Col Bond had access to. Col. Bond encouraged his Family to move to this area which they did in 1825 where the family prospered. Col. Bond received mail 3 times a month from the United States Post Office in Bay St. Louis, MS.
The Native American Indians had also planted groves of native Pecan trees in the open areas near their villages which were along the Red Creek in what is now Stone County.
Prior to the development of the timber industry in Southern Mississippi in the 1870’s, much of this part of Mississippi was covered by a vast Virgin Pine Forest. Multiple historical accounts described the ability to run a horse for miles through these forests because there was so little under growth.
For countless generations, the Native American Indians had set controlled fires within this primeval forest which caused the Native Wood Grass to become tender and attract the large number of Buffalo that lived in this area. These controlled fires that eliminated the underbrush within the vast Virgin Pine Forest also retarded the spread of un-controllable fires that were set by lightning strikes. The importance of this practice has only become recently known because of the enormous fires in the Western United States that have waged out of control because the practice of reducing the underbrush in large tracts of forests was abandoned when the Native American Indians that once lived in these forests were re-located to Reservations far removed from their native lands.
In 1833, the United States Army came to the area now called Stone County. Native American Indians that refused to become United States citizens were relocated to Oklahoma where they suffered much suffering in what become the infamous ‘Trail of Tears’. Only 15-20 Native American Indian families made the decision to become United States citizens and remained in this area. Interestingly, the State of Oklahoma was named after a beautiful Indian maiden who was born into the Houma Indian tribe before this tribe become part of the much larger Choctaw nation. Her name was ‘Okla’.
Wild life was abundant in what is known today as Stone County. 30,000 Buffalos were estimated to have roamed free when Mississippi became a State in 1817. In 1817, the bear population in Mississippi was estimated to be 500,000. And, in 1817 the Wolf population in Southern Mississippi alone was estimated to be 25,000. The Wolf River in nearby Hancock County is an indication of the once abundant Wolf population in Southern Mississippi.
Stone County, Mississippi was created in 1916 out of the northern part of Harrison County. Stone County was named after former Mississippi Governor, John M. Stone. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Stone County was estimated to be 17,786 in 2010.
Stone County offers home owners who reside here magnificent natural scenery. And, although Stone County is only a 30 minute drive at most from the Mississippi Gulf Coast beaches, the cost of owning a home here is more affordable than real estate offered in coastal communities located in Jackson, Harrison, and Hancock counties. And, Stone County, which is well above sea level, is far enough north of the Mississippi Gulf Coast that the impact of violent weather caused by hurricanes is considerably diminished
Stone County features the Desoto National Forest which provides over ½ million acres of spectacular outdoor scenic wonders. Mississippi’s only federally designated Wild and Scenic River includes the Black Creek water shed which is in Stone County. Stone County also features the Pascagoula River Basin which is Mississippi’s second largest basin. This basin drains an area that is approximately 1,000 square miles that ultimately drains into the Gulf of Mexico. The beautiful Red Creek flows through the southern part of Stone County. The last unregulated major river system outside of Alaska is contained within the Pascagoula River Basin. Two major tributaries are located in Stone County.
Recreational activities abound in Stone County. Over 100 square miles of unspoiled wilderness awaits nature lovers. 41 miles of federally maintained hiking trails follow the beautiful Black Creek. Fresh water fishing, camping, canoeing, swimming, tubing, picnicking, horseback and ATV riding are always nearby in forests that have a teaming ecosystem that features a large variety of wild birds. For those who enjoy hunting, Stone County has an abundance of deer, turkey, quail, and rabbit.
Stone County is conveniently located and is only a 90 minute drive to New Orleans. Stone County is only a 10-20 mile drive south to the white sand Mississippi Gulf Coast beaches, a vast array of terrific restaurants, and the excitement of 24-hour non-stop casino resorts.
Let me help you with your real estate investment in Stone County, and guide you through the time consuming process of looking for that special property.
Important Resources Associated With Stone County, Mississippi
Stone County MS Government
Stone County Sheriffs Department
Stone County Medical Center
City Data Concerning Stone County, MS
Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport
Stone County Public School District
Stone County History
Stone County Economic Development Authority
Mississippi Development Authority
Current U.S. Census Bureau Data on Stone County, MS
Wikipedia info on Stone County, MS
Stone County Public Library
Stone County, MS Yellow Pages
What To Do and See On the Mississippi Gulf Coast West of Stone County, MS
Dog Friendly Attractions Near Stone 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
Island View Casino – Gulfport
Silver Slipper Casino – Bay St. Louis
Hollywood Casino – Bay St. Louis
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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