Bed and Breakfasts
This 1916 Victorian home is completely renovated, beautifully decorated with period antiques, and located in the heart of a busy downtown area. Step back into time as you step into the foyer of one of Philadelphia’s most elegant older homes. The golden glow of the sunroom beckons you to bring your coffee or tea and come sit and watch the world go by.
Blessed with natural beauty and small-town charm, Neshoba County and Philadelphia offer the best in recreation, relaxation, and entertainment with events like the annual Neshoba County Fair and Choctaw Indian Fair, PCA Rodeo, Ham Jam Arts Festival, Neshoba County Walking and Racking Horse Show and Autumn Fest. Philadelphia / Neshoba County is also home to the Pearl River Resort and an excellent system of public parks. The area offers outstanding 18-hole golf course facilities at the Dancing Rabbit Golf Club (two courses) on the Choctaw Indian Reservation and the Philadelphia Country Club. Come take a tour of our fair city!
Neshoba County was established by the Mississippi legislature on December 23, 1833. The word “Neshoba” is believed to be derived from an Indian word for “wolf”. Philadelphia became the county seat of Neshoba County on August 15, 1837. The Pearl River, which flows east to west through Neshoba County, was an important waterway for early settlers, especially between 1830 and 1860. It reportedly took 15 days to travel by keel boat from Philadelphia to Jackson and about 30 days of vigorous labor to bring a keel boat upstream from Jackson to Philadelphia.
Federal Colonel Benjamin Grierson’s grandstanding expedition through Neshoba County in the spring of 1863 was the only significant action of the Civil War near Philadelphia. However, hundreds of Neshoba County men were killed in battle, died from the “fevers” that plagued Civil War camps, or were maimed for life by federal shot and shell. In addition to the human loss, Neshoba Countians also lost tens of thousands of dollars in precious hard currency invested in Confederate bonds and other financial instruments that were worthless when the rebellion failed.
Share-cropping and other forms of hard-scrabble farming characterized the post-war years in Neshoba County. The “one-mule farm” became a standard operation. By 1880 the county’s natural timber resources were becoming an important economic factor, and by 1910 Neshoba County sawmills were too numerous to count. Today, modern industries and representatives of some of America’s “blue chip” companies have become mainstays of the local economy. Local business people have continued to develop Neshoba County’s timber and land resources for the benefit of their investors and hundreds of local people employed in forest products industries.
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