In 1967, when the Urban Renewal Laws were adopted by the city of Starkville, the small neighborhood located between Mississippi State University and downtown Starkville was designated an Urban Renewal Area and subsequently became home to one of the first neo-traditionalist housing developments in America.
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Frederick Barnard declared, “The Mississippi observatory will be my monument,” and it is thought to be the best architectural example of the university’s original buildings, as well as a testament to Barnard’s immense contributions to education and scientific investigation.
When Mississippi University for Women was chartered in 1884, it made educational history as the first state-supported college for women in America.
Oprah Winfrey Road runs north of Highway 12 past Oprah Winfrey’s first church, her family cemetery and the site of her birthplace.
Built in 1942 after the anchor of the previous French Castle courthouse burned in 1940, the DeSoto County Courthouse is the anchor of Hernando Square and designated as a Mississippi Landmark.