Wayside, Mississippi

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Wayside, Mississippi
Belmont Plantation in Wayside is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Wayside, Mississippi is located in Mississippi
Wayside, Mississippi
Wayside, Mississippi
Coordinates: Mississippi#USA 33°16′08″N 91°02′01″W / 33.26889°N 91.03361°W / 33.26889; -91.03361Coordinates: Mississippi#USA 33°16′08″N 91°02′01″W / 33.26889°N 91.03361°W / 33.26889; -91.03361
CountryUnited States
StateMississippi
CountyWashington
Elevation
121 ft (37 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
38756
GNIS feature ID679401[1]

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

The settlement has a post office, and is located on Mississippi Highway 1 approximately 8 mi (13 km) south of Greenville.[2]

History[edit]

The Belmont Plantation was located in Wayside. The plantation home was completed in 1859,[3] and has been described as "one of the few antebellum homes in the region not burned by rampaging Union soldiers".[4] The extant home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.[5]

Wayside was originally located directly on the Mississippi River at the eastern end of "American Bend", and the early settlement had a steamboat landing. The river changed course following a flood in 1858, cutting off the bend and creating an oxbow lake now called Lake Lee.[6][7]

A branch of the Louisville, New Orleans and Texas Railway, completed in the late 1880s, passed through Wayside.[3]

In 1900, the population was 65.[8]

On October 9, 2009, a tornado destroyed three mobile homes, damaged 16 houses and knocked down trees. A fatality occurred in a mobile home, and two others were injured.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wayside". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "Wayside Post Office". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  3. ^ a b Hall, Russell S.; Nowell, Princella W.; Childress, Stacy (2000). Washington County, Mississippi. Arcadia. pp. 21, 46.
  4. ^ The Majesty of the Mississippi Delta. Pelican. 2005. p. 54.
  5. ^ "Belmont". National Park Service. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  6. ^ Halloran, Mary Helen Griffin (2009). A Mississippi Family: The Griffins of Magnolia Terrace, Griffin’s Refuge, and Greenville 1800-1950. iUniverse. p. 98.
  7. ^ Bragg, Marion (1977). Historic Names and Places on the Lower Mississippi River (PDF). Mississippi River Commission. pp. 135, 136.
  8. ^ Rowland, Dunbar (1907). Mississippi: Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form. 2. Southern Historical Publishing Association. p. 945.