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Stone County, Mississippi

Stone County was established in 1916 as the 81st county in the state. The county was named for John M. Stone, the governor of Mississippi between 1890 and 1896, and later, the President of Mississippi A 7 M College. Located in the southeastern corner of the state of Mississippi, the 444 square mile county forms a near-perfect rectangle, other than a 12-mile extension on the southwestern corner. Stone County was a virtual wilderness prior to the Civil War, and in 1817, the area which became Stone County was then a part of Jackson County. This land originally belonged to the Choctaw Indian tribe, however, the area became a part of the Mississippi Territory through the Treaty of Mount Dexter in 1805.

The Old Wire Road was one of the earliest roads running east and west through the southern part of the county, and the Old City Road cut diagonally across the county from northeast to southwest. Stone County’s oldest settlement was Perkinston, which was located in the central region of Stone County on land which was originally homesteaded by a settler named Mr. Perkins. Another settlement, McHenry, was settled by Dr. George McHenry in 1883, near the southern border of Stone County. In 1886, a settlement in Wiggins, the seat of government for Stone County was established.

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