Refuge, Mississippi

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Refuge, Mississippi
Refuge, Mississippi is located in Mississippi
Refuge, Mississippi
Refuge, Mississippi
Coordinates: 33°18′13″N 91°08′11″W / 33.30361°N 91.13639°W / 33.30361; -91.13639Coordinates: 33°18′13″N 91°08′11″W / 33.30361°N 91.13639°W / 33.30361; -91.13639
CountryUnited States
125 ft (38 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
GNIS feature ID676590[1]

Refuge is an unincorporated community located in Washington County, Mississippi, United States.[1]

Refuge Landing was located west of the settlement, directly on the Mississippi River.[2][3]


Francis Griffin purchased land in 1831 on a high ridge bordering the Mississippi River where he established "Refuge Plantation".[4] By 1850, Griffin had 150 slaves working on his plantation.[5] The Refuge Plantation House, shaded by oak trees and protected from the river by a levee system, was erected with a view of the river, and remains today one of the best examples of a mid-nineteenth-century plantation house in Washington County.[4]

Refuge had a post office. The population in 1900 was 30.[2]

Old Refuge Cemetery, now extinct, was located north of the settlement.[6]

Recent development[edit]

Harlow's Casino Resort opened in 2007 in Refuge.[7]

In 2010, the Greenville Bridge was opened connecting Refuge with Shives, Arkansas.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Refuge". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ a b Rowland, Dunbar (1907). Mississippi: Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form. 2. Southern Historical Publishing Association. p. 534.
  3. ^ Annual Report of the Mississippi River Commission for 1884. Government Printing Office. 1885. p. 140.
  4. ^ a b "Griffin-Spragins House" (PDF). United States Department of the Interior. January 1984.
  5. ^ Griffin Halloran, Mary Helen (2009). Mississippi Family: The Griffins of Magnolia Terrace, Griffin’s Refuge, and Greenville 1800-1950. iUniverse. p. 87.
  6. ^ "Old Refuge Cemetery". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  7. ^ a b "Churchill Downs Incorporated to Acquire Harlow's Casino Resort & Hotel". Churchill Downs Incorporated. Retrieved November 12, 2016.