Red Lick, Mississippi

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Red Lick, Mississippi
Red Lick is located in Mississippi
Red Lick
Red Lick
Red Lick is located in the United States
Red Lick
Red Lick
Coordinates: 31°47′33″N 90°58′43″W / 31.79250°N 90.97861°W / 31.79250; -90.97861Coordinates: 31°47′33″N 90°58′43″W / 31.79250°N 90.97861°W / 31.79250; -90.97861
CountryUnited States
285 ft (87 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)601
GNIS feature ID676540[1]

Red Lick is an unincorporated community located in Jefferson County, Mississippi. Red Lick is approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) southeast of Lorman on Mississippi Highway 552.


Red Lick was established about 1800, and was named for a buffalo and deer lick on a nearby hill of red clay. Most of the early settlers were from South Carolina.[2]

The Holly Grove Plantation was established north of Red Lick in the 1830s. The Holly Grove Plantation House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1990, "to prevent demolition by neglect", the house was dismantled and reconstructed 70 miles (110 km) north in Hinds County, Mississippi.[3]

The Beech Hill Methodist Church was the first to establish, and also housed a school. The Red Lick Presbyterian church, also known as the "Brick Church", was erected in 1845, and is still standing. A historic plaque is located there.[2]

The Natchez, Jackson and Columbus Railroad was completed in 1882, and a station was located in Red Lick. Known as "The Little J", the line ran between Jackson and Natchez, and had various owners, including the Illinois Central Railroad, who abandoned the line between 1979 and 1981.[4][5]

In 1900, Red Lick had a population of 70. By 1907, the settlement had three churches and a money order post office.[6]

In 1950, Red Lick had two stores, two churches, and two sawmills located near the railroad track. The United Vocational High School was located in Red Lick, and closed in 1958.[7]

Red Lick Records, a mail order supplier of blues and related music located in England, is named for the settlement.[8]

The New Nation of Islam church is currently located in the settlement.[9]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Red Lick, Mississippi
  2. ^ a b Anebec (November 10, 2008). "Red Lick". Jefferson County MSGenWeb.
  3. ^ "Holly Grove Plantation House" (PDF). United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service. October 7, 1996.
  4. ^ Hoffman, Gil. "Natchez, Jackson & Columbus Railroad". Mississippi Rails.
  5. ^ Handbook of the State of Mississippi. Mississippi Board of Immigration and Agriculture. 1885. p. 96.
  6. ^ Rowland, Dunbar (1907). Mississippi: Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form. 2. Southern Historical Publishing Association. p. 532.
  7. ^ Smith, Sr., James E. (2014). A Grandfather's Gift. AuthorHouse. p. 223.
  8. ^ "About Us". Red Lick Records. Retrieved September 2015. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  9. ^ "Contact Information". New Nation of Islam. Retrieved September 2015. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)