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Stone County is bounded by sumptuous national forest, all while being located in the core of a lively industrial-military passage. John M Stone, who also held a governor position in Mississippi served from 1876 to 1882 and founded Stone County in 1916.
Stone County was officially organized on May 10, 1916, as Mississippi’s 81st county. Located in the southeastern corner of the state, the young county encompasses a land area of 444 square miles, forming a nearly perfect rectangle, except for a 12-square-mile extension on its southwestern corner.
Settlement of the area around Wiggins, Stone County’s seat of government, began in 1886.
The area benefited from its abundant timber. A energetic timber industry brought population growth and an economic boom to the Stone County area in the early twentieth century. McHenry grew into a thriving sawmill town with more than 1,200 residents. Bond and Perkinston also were becoming mill towns, and one of the largest sawmills in south Mississippi was built in Wiggins in 1902.
The County has a total area of 448 square miles of which 445 square miles is land and 2.6 square miles is water. The 2015 population census of Stone County stated that there were 17,786 people, 6,165 households, and 4,539 families residing in the county. The population density was 39.9 people per square mile. There were 7,161 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 78.6% White and 19.1% Black or African American, and with 2.3% being of other racial categories.
The Stone County community offers a quiet, family atmosphere reminiscent of times gone by – with a wealth of conveniences including expansive health care, shopping and recreation right in town and with larger cities and transportation hubs nearby. Stone County enjoys one of the lowest unemployment rates in the region and an ever-growing base of thriving business and industries.
In 2012, the Mississippi Legislate stated Stone County be named and declared the Mural County of Mississippi. During the previous 8 years, a Telling Trees Project was developed in Stone County to document and celebrate Stone County’s history and heritage
Walley Properties, LLC has many exceptional timberland properties for sale in Stone County.