Grenada - \gre-nada\ - 1. a Native American word meaning marriage 2. the perfect community to live, work, shop, and play
We all know that a great marriage takes work. It's the perfect blend of a lot of different elements and involves a tremendous amount of teamwork. Grenada may have taken its' name from a word that means marriage but we've taken it a step farther. We are all working hard to blend all the elements that make a great community. We're large enough to offer you what you need, yet small enough to be friendly. A great location, excellent schools, quality health care, affordable housing and terrific people have combined to make Grenada a regional "hub" for employment, commerce, and recreation.
Grenada is located in North central Mississippi where the Delta and Hill Country meet, almost equal distance between Memphis and Jackson and is a unique community offering something for everyone, yet always striving for more. Whether you are passionate about history, golf, fishing, art, or are a nature lover, Grenada has something to offer you.
Newsweek Magazine recognized Grenada Elementary as one of the country's "Break the Mold" schools and named it America’s #1 rural school. The Grenada School District has won national and state awards for programs such as the "Walls that Teach" initiative, the Kidzeum and the "Discovery Lab." Grenada has also been the recipient of three Governor's Awards including one for its art programs.
Largest Recreational Lake in Mississippi
With nearly 36,000 acres of recreational surface water and 148 miles of shoreline, Grenada Lake boasts sixteen boat landings, six public beaches and camping areas for primitive and class A camping. Perfect for swimming, jet skiing, boating and bass and crappie fishing Grenada Lake is a national destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Every year, as many as 700 people converge in Grenada Lake for the Grenada Annual Crappie Fishing Tournament. The lake also offers six basketball courts, lighted tennis courts, softball fields, fitness trails, nature/hiking trails and children's playgrounds.
Home to One of Top 10 Golf Courses by Golf Digest
Ranked among the top 10 golf courses in Mississippi by Golf Digest, the Dogwoods Golf Course at Hugh White State Park takes full advantage of the natural beauty surrounding Grenada Lake. Deep woods enclose undulating fairways leading to large, inviting greens. A variety of tee boxes give each hole a different look and play, giving long hitters a challenge while giving opportunity to those with less distance. A nature lover’s course, The Dogwoods was carved out of the forest with only necessary clearing. The hilly layout demands sharp skills and accurate ball-striking.
Grenada County was formed by an act of the Legislature on May 9, 1879 from lands taken from Carroll, Choctaw, Tallahatchie, and Yalobusha Counties. The city of Grenada, which was incorporated on February 27, 1836, was the largest town among the four counties which were pared to form Grenada County, and it was the natural choice to serve as the new county's seat of government.
The land from which Grenada County was formed was a part of the Choctaw Indian lands ceded to the United States under the treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek in 1830. The earliest known white settlers there were missionaries who established an Indian mission school in 1815 near what later became the town of Elliot.
The first town organized in the area was Chocchuma, where the land office for the sale of the Choctaw Indian lands was located. Although the public sale of the Choctaw lands did not start until 1833, two politicians and land speculators. Hiram Runnels and Franklin Plummer were able to purchase choice sites along the banks of the Yalobousha River from individuals who received the land directly under the terms of the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek. The two plots of land were later sold to other parties and eventually became the rival towns of Pittsburg and Tullahoma. Town lots went on sale in Pittsburg in October, 1833 and in Tullahoma in February, 1834.
The two towns, which were separated only by a section line (now Line Street in Grenada), both prospered and became sharp rivals. In 1835, Tullahoma attempted to annex Pittsburg, and Pittsburg retaliated with an effort to annex Tullahoma. The governor refused both annexation requests.
As the rivalry grew more intense, citizens of both towns decided it would be in their common interest to unite with their neighbors to form one stronger city. A mock wedding ceremony was held July 4, 1836 to symbolize the joining of the two towns into a new town which was called Grenada. Some sources believe that the name Grenada was a misspelling of the Spanish city Granada, while others claimed it came from the Indian word for marriage.
The new town of Grenada prospered as had its predecessors. In 1838, the town boasted both a girls and a boy’s high school, and in 1839, Grenada Male Academy and Grenada Female Academy were formed.
Residents of Grenada, in 1845, petitioned the legislature to create a new county with their town as its seat of government, but their petition was denied. In 1846, a tornado devastated the young town, destroying 112 houses. Then, in 1855, a fire swept through the town, leaving much of it in ruins. However, after each of these disasters, Grenada grew back stronger.
In 1860, the Mississippi Central Railroad line, which ran from Canton to Jackson, TN, was completed to Grenada. In 1870, Grenada County became the 64th Mississippi County organized. The new county encompassed 447 square miles of land, making it 64th in area among the state's 82 counties today. The 1870 census showed the county's population at 10,571 residents, including 1,887 residents of the city of Grenada.
The first Grenada County courthouse was an old storehouse which the county purchased for $3,000 in 1870 and used until 1833. In 1878, Grenada County's assessed valuation was $1,303,643. That same year, the county was struck by a yellow fever epidemic. The second Grenada County courthouse was built in 1883-1884 at a cost of $17,575. It remained in use for almost 80 years until it was torn down so a new courthouse could be built on the same site.
Most of the early industries in Grenada County were small sawmills. In 1883, the Grenada Oil and Compress Company opened. The next year another major fire struck the town, destroying three-quarters of the bustling town's business.
The Grenada Bank was chartered in 1890 and opened its offices in a building constructed in the 1840's in downtown Grenada. The bank moved to new quarters in 1913, but in 1978, the Grenada Bank System, now one of the State's largest banking institutions, repurchased its original home and completely restored the old building, which in 1979 was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Agriculture remained the mainstay of Grenada County's economy throughout most of the first half of this century, but from the 1930's on industry began playing more and more of an important role. Grenada took advantage of the state's fledgling BAWI program in 1937 to attract a new industry, Real Silk Hosiery Mills.
In 1942, the United States Army opened a major training facility on a 42,000-acre site in Grenada County. The facility was named Camp McCain in honor of a famous family of military men from neighboring Carroll County. Troops for the army's 87th and 94th divisions trained at Camp McCain before being sent into combat in Europe. The camp also served as a prisoner of war camp for captured German soldiers. The Camp closed on October 15, 1944 and all but 3,000 acres of the site was sold.
In 1948, a Grenadian, William Winter, began his political career when he was elected to the Mississippi Legislature while still a student in the University of Mississippi Law School. Winter served two terms in the House, then eight years as State Tax Collector. From 1963-1967, he served as State Treasurer and in 1971 was elected Lt. Governor. In 1979, Winter was elected Governor of Mississippi.
Grenada Dam, a part of the Yazoo Basin Headwater Project, was placed in operation in January, 1954. The US Army Corps of Engineers flood control project was built at a cost of $31,200,000. Grenada Lake, formed as a part of the project, covers 674,000 acres at its peak and has 282 miles of shore line. Construction of Hugh White State Park, located along the southern shore of Grenada Lake began in 1954.
In 1960, another, Grenada County resident, Brad Dye, began a political career with election to the Mississippi House of Representatives. Four years later, Dye, was elected to the Senate. From 1968-1971 he served as director of the A & I Board and in 1972 was elected State Treasurer. Dye was elected Lt. Governor in 1979, giving Grenada County the unique status of being the home of an incumbent Governor and Lt. Governor at the same time.
Grenada has a long and rich history. With as many as 25 antebellum and victorian homes preserved and occupied today, 8 of which are listed on the state's historical registry, Grenada offers a unique showing of architectural styles that span a whole century. Come and take a stroll around downtown to see for yourself.
Shopping and Dining
Grenada is a commerce center for the North Central Mississippi area. From the usual big box retailer to trendy homegrown boutiques and gift shops in addition to a variety of dining options to please the pallet from Mexican to Italian, Southern to Cajun food. Grenada’s location between Jackson and Memphis offers world class shopping opportunities within a short drive.
Grenada is a hub for employment and commerce in North Central Mississippi. From the usual big box retailer to trendy homegrown boutiques and antique stores, Grenada offers a variety of shopping opportunities. For dining, Grenada is home to a variety of restaurants from Mexican to Italian, to southern and cajun food.
Any way you look at it Grenada is poised for tremendous growth!!