City of Pontotoc
Pontotoc developed on hunting grounds ceded by the Chickasaw Indians at the Treaty of Pontotoc Creek in 1832. Its name is translated from the Chickasaw language as land of the hanging grapes. The land for the town, incorporated in 1836, was given by Thomas C. McMackin and his wife Lucinda. The community built up around the public square a few blocks up the hill from the Tanglefoot Trail. There was great excitement when Falkner’s railroad reached Pontotoc in 1888. Thousands of citizens came to town on July 4th to watch the ‘driving of the silver spike” in celebration of the event. Be sure to visit the Town Square Post Office & Museum and amble around the historic downtown; browse boutiques, gift and antique shops. A Main Street Community, the town’s annual events are the Bodock Festival, Christmas Parade, and 4th of July Celebration. All in all, these reflect the community’s small-town charm.
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First Choice Bank Pontotoc Gateway and Pavilion to the Tanglefoot Trail
Tanglefoot Trail: owned by the counties it travels through, the 44.5-mile trail for bikes, joggers, walkers, and outdoor enthusiasts has been making North Mississippi healthier since 2013. It is a paved, multi-purpose trail that follows the right of way of an old railroad through Pontotoc, Union, & Chickasaw counties. In Pontotoc, you’ll find the First Choice Bank Pontotoc Gateway and Pavilion. This gateway provides parking and easy access to the Tanglefoot Trail just a stone throw away from Downtown Pontotoc.
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Town Square Post Office & Museum
Founded in 1998 and operated by the Pontotoc County Historical Society, the Town Square Museum offers visitors glimpses of yesteryear.
The museum features a large collection of historical exhibits, documents, books and memorabilia. It also houses showcased displays of antique items and artifacts depicting the lifestyles, traditions, and artistry of families and businesses in the community, dating back to it’s founding days.
It is the only working historical post office in the nation. You can retrace the steps of the Chickasaws or learn of the hardships of the pioneers or remember the days of listening for the sound of a train whistle as the ribbons of steel brought distant travelers to this county.
The museum has grown and flourished since it was established and is now run under the watchful eye of part-time curator Martha Jo Coleman. Inside is a fully working post office, gift shop and rooms galore at the back and in the basement to give a bird’s-eye view of the life of yesteryear in Pontotoc County.
The museum, located inside the post office, is open from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, and by appointment during other hours.
Admission to the museum is free and open to the public, so stop by for a fascinating journey back in time!
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Pontotoc Farmers Market
The Pontotoc Farmers’ Market is dedicated to the creation of a vibrant, sustainable market in the heart of Mississippi’s Hill Country.
ALL LOCAL vendors bring to market healthy produce, cottage foods, honey, dairy, eggs and baked goods along with quality folk art pieces, handcrafted items and tools. Through the support of volunteers and partners, the market promotes health and wellbeing through community activities, Yoga, food demonstrations and agricultural education, thus creating a wholesome, social gathering place for friends, neighbors, family and visitors.
Every Saturday morning May to October, the Pontotoc Farmers’ Market is….
THE PLACE TO BE.
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