This website is a joint effort on the part of the City of Magnolia, Mississippi, and the
Magnolia/South Pike Area Chamber of Commerce. We are pleased to be able to present to you
an overview of life in a small Southern town. We invite you to join us in
person or contact us for additional information about our area. Come see us when you
Magnolia, Mississippi was settled in
1810 and incorporated on April 26, 1859. It became the county seat in 1872. The town was
named by Mary Sinnot because of the abundance of beautiful Magnolia trees in the town at
the time of its founding. It was originally called Magnolia Town, but later changed
Historic Magnolia contains two
National Historic Districts. The Myrtle Street District is said to represent a
typical neighborhood at the turn of the century. The Southtown Historic District has
a variety of late nineteenth century residential homes, including three of Mississippi's
premier Queen Anne residences and an antebellum Greek Revival cottage.
Significant murals depicting scenes
of early Mississippi life painted during the depression as part of the WPA program are
located in the Magnolia Post Office.
The City of Magnolia can be reached
by Interstate 55, north or south, at exit 10, from the east on Highway
Hattiesburg, Ms., and from the west on Highway 24 from Liberty, Ms.