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Greene County, Mississippi

Greene County, Mississippi—one of the oldest counties in Mississippi—is named for American Revolutionary War General, Nathanael Greene. Greene County was established in 1811, formed from Amite, Franklin, and Wayne counties. Perry County was formed in 1820 from the portion of Greene County which lay west of the dividing line between the eighth and ninth ranges. Over the years, the boundaries of Greene County changed, as more counties were established in the Mississippi Territory.

Greene County began as a county of 2300 square miles in 1811, but by 1820, it had been reduced to 864 square miles. The earliest settlers in Greene County were a group of conservative Scotsmen from the Carolinas and Virginia. The county seat of Greene County is Leakesville, located on the Chickasawhay River and named from Governor Walter Leake. The first courthouse in Greene County was built in the mid-1800s, then destroyed by a fire in 1875, wiping out all county records.

Early settlers of Greene County raised or manufactured most of what they needed; as the story goes, a state senator, A.W. Ramsey, was largely believed to be the best-dressed man in the Senate and all of his clothing was made on a hand loom by his wife. Herds of cattle, chickens, and hogs ranged freely over the county, finding a ready market in Mobile. 

Today, Greene County has a total area of 719 square miles, with about six square miles of water. Bordering counties are Perry County to the west, George County to the south, Mobile County, Alabama, to the southeast, Washington County, Alabama, to the northeast and Wayne County to the north. The cities in Greene County include Leakesville, McLain and State Line. A portion of State Line is in Wayne County. Unincorporated communities include Avera, Leaf, Neely, Vernal, Sand Hill, and Piave. As of 2017, the population of Greene County was approximately 14,500. 

Greene County is filled with activities and attractions with something for everyone to enjoy. The Greene County PCA Championship Rodeo is held every May in Leakesville, MS, at the indoor arena of the Greene County Rural Events Center. Notable people from Leakesville, MS, include Don Churchwell, NFL player, Walter Pacer, NFL player, Kermit Davis, Head Coach at Ole Miss, Wilmer Mizell, MLB pitcher, and congressman, and Bill Hicks, comedian, buried in Magnolia Cemetery.

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