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About Wilkinson County
Woodville is located on Highway 61 about halfway between Natchez and St. Francisville, La., a journey of about 130 miles from New Orleans. Woodville was first settled near the turn of the nineteenth century and was incorporated as a town in 1811. A short time later it was chosen as the county seat of Wilkinson County, which was formed in 1802 in the extreme southwest corner of Mississippi. Originally, the territory was known as the county of Bourbon, and later as Adams County. Interestingly, the 1990 census figures reveal that the population of the county is virtually the same as it was 160 years before, in 1830.
Wilkinson County contains some of the oldest towns in Mississippi. The County was named after a Commander-in-Chief of the United States Army, General James Wilkinson. The Woodville Historic District was entered on the National Register of Historic Places on May 20, 1982. It encompasses a sizeable portion of the present day town and most of the nineteenth century village within its limits. Within the district are approximately 140 buildings representing an architectural range from the Federal style through post World War II revivals, the majority of which date from 1820 to 1930. Still publishing once a week is Mississippi's oldest newspaper and business institution, The Woodville Republican, founded in 1824 by the state's pioneer printer, Andrew K. Marshall. Not far away stands the office building of the first standard-gauge railroad in America, the Woodville-West Feliciana Railroad. Used until recently as the local post office, the building, constructed in 1837, will soon house Woodville's new Museum of Southern Decorative Arts.
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