Molly's Country Memories

Molly's Country Memories

The memories and happening in the everyday life of a country girl

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A walk down memory lane...

 As most of you know I live between the 2 small towns of Brookhaven on the south and Wesson on the north, Tues. my Sis and I had lunch in Wesson at a Bed and Breakfast that was once one of the old Mill Houses from Wesson's Golden is a little info about the History of Wesson...This was a huge plant, I would have loved to been around to see this splend sight.
The Town of Wesson, Mississippi, was founded in 1864, during the Civil War, by Col. James Madison Wesson. Having lost his mills at Bankston, Mississippi, Wesson relocated to the town that now bears his name. There he built the Mississippi Manufacturing company which produce a fine quality cotton fabric. In 1871 he sold the mill to Captain William Oliver and Mr. John T. Hardy who renamed it the Mississippi Mills. The mills became famous for the quality of cotton fabric produced which was dubbed "Mississippi silk" at the centennial celebration of 1876. A product of the industrial revolution Wesson, Mississippi, and the mills located there, began to utilize the new technology of the rapidly changing age. One year after Thomas Edison perfected the light bulb the Mississippi Mills put them to use. It was said that passengers on the evening train from New Orleans to Memphis would rush to the windows when passing through Wesson in order to see the marvelous lights.
This prosperity, however, came to an end after the death of Captain Oliver in 1891. Financial difficulties followed by the economic "Panic of 1893", family conflict, and labor disputes caused the mills to fall into receivership in the early 1900's. finally they were dismantled and sold for scrap during the First World War.
Wesson is a town with a glorious past, an outstanding present, and a promising future. In its transition from a milling town which produced the best material in the world, to an education town with a community college which ranks at the top scholastically, Wesson is unique. The first public school in Wesson was built in 1875, and the community college was added in 1928. Statistics show that the town is "on the move" with creativity, ingenuity, dedications that exists in the Copiah County town of Wesson.

In 1889 a new School was built in Wesson and it was simply called the Wesson School, it housed the 1-12 grades. It was built in the Romanesque style of the Mississippi Mills.. While in Wesson I dropped by the old school and took some is a beautiful place...

I tried to find more info about the school but was not able to find out very much more, I did find this picture of the 1909 class. You can see it is taken on the front steps and they still look the same after 100 yrs.
I wish I could have went inside but was not able to...
I did find this picture of what one of the rooms looked like in 1909
And we think Our class rooms are big...
I hope you have enjoyed a trip into the past of my little town..and learning a little of it's History.


  1. Interesting post, Molly ... and great pictures of the school. I enjoyed seeing the picture of the classroom, too.

  2. That's a neat school. I like the balcony.

    Have a great weekend. I'm out of pocket next week. Will catch up as soon as I can.

  3. I love that school - it's older than my city! All our schools are generic modern, but they do a good job educating the kids without crazy-high taxes, so I can't complain.


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