Adaton, Mississippi

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Adaton, Mississippi
Adaton
Adaton, Mississippi is located in Mississippi
Adaton, Mississippi
Adaton, Mississippi
Adaton, Mississippi is located in the United States
Adaton, Mississippi
Adaton, Mississippi
Coordinates: 33°28′38″N 88°55′17″W / 33.47722°N 88.92139°W / 33.47722; -88.92139Coordinates: 33°28′38″N 88°55′17″W / 33.47722°N 88.92139°W / 33.47722; -88.92139
CountryUnited States
StateMississippi
CountyOktibbeha
Elevation
266 ft (81 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
39769
Area code(s)662
GNIS feature ID666157[1]

Adaton is an unincorporated community originally known as Steele's Mill and later as Aderton. Steele's mill was founded around 1852.[2] The town is located about four miles west of Starkville at the intersection of Mississippi Highway 182 and Self Creek Road, immediately south of Oktibbeha County Lake in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, United States.[1]

History[edit]

James Robert Steele built a lumber mill and cotton gin in what is now Adaton around 1852, after relocating from Steelville farther west in Oktibbeha County. John Easterwood built a new gin on Self Creek Road in 1893, behind Christopher's Store, which operated from some time in the late 1800s until 1979. In 1870, the first Adaton Post Office was established.[2] The town began as a farming community and became known for its many churches, some of which still exist today. Adaton United Methodist Church was founded in 1878, after originally organizing in 1856 as Steele's Chapel,[3] Josey Creek Missionary Baptist Church was founded by poor black sharecroppers in 1886 in a brush harbor,[4] and Adaton Baptist Church was founded in 1923.[5] The local economy progressed over the years from cotton farming to dairy, then lumber. Today the community is primarily a bedroom community to the city of Starkville and Mississippi State University.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Oktibbeha, Mississippi". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ a b Morgan, Ruth (23 July 2011). "History of Steele Mill throughout the years". Starkville Daily News. Archived from the original on 7 November 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Our History". Adaton United Methodist Church.
  4. ^ "Josey Creek Missionary Baptist Church History". Josey Creek Missionary Baptist Church History. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Adaton History". Adaton Baptist Church. Retrieved 7 November 2014.