Stone County sustains:
Lasting success and flourishing life satisfaction.
Steeped in history, surrounded by natural beauty, Stone County is the place to thrive.
The longleaf pine is graceful and beautiful. It can grow up to 100 feet in height and live up to 300 years. Before the fall of the ax, as much as 90 million acres of longleaf pine forests and savannahs spread across America; now only a tiny fraction remains. An important piece of that legacy is right here in Stone County. And that’s a good thing, because here in Stone County, we’re excellent at growing, nurturing and sustaining, whether the resource is natural, like a lovely pine, or human, like a child’s lively mind.
State of the art meets artisanal: Stone County is where state-of-the-art modern meets timeless artisanal quality, a place that’s always attracted those seeking deeper satisfaction and higher achievement. Nearly a century ago, one of the nation’s most successful children’s authors, Emilie Stapp, came here because she believed, correctly, the environment would spur her creativity. And she went on to spur others with her philanthropy, raising funds for children orphaned in World War I and later the equivalent of $42 million in today’s dollars for U.S. war bonds during World War II, doing it all from her picturesque Wiggins cottage.
Marching to our own drummer: Today the story of Stone County continues to be one of creativity and achievement. It’s a story of rich history related through the Telling Trees history project and the resulting murals that adorn and enliven the area. It’s a story of a promising future told through solid test scores of eager and focused Stone County students. It’s a story that people all over the nation have appreciated through the excellence of Stone County high school bands performing with perfection at the Macy’s Day and Washington, D.C. inaugural parades.
Abundant yields: Like our timber, families put down roots here, and the yields are just as tremendous in an area where the costs of living are low and enjoyment of life is soaring, especially with the delights of the DeSoto National Forest right here and Gulf Coast beaches less than an hour away. In Stone County, families dive into the fun and the opportunity, with lifelong learning always on tap at a superb community college, and with two highly respected universities less than 40 minutes away.
Stone County is the kind of place where new industry thrives alongside centennial farms, where the putting is superior, the pottery is artisanal, and even our goat farm is something unique (think Great Pyrenees dogs herding South African Boer goats!) We are fresh, we are surprising. We are a paradox, and a paradise.
One more thing about longleaf pines: They’re very resilient. They can withstand windstorms and pests, tolerate wildfires and drought. They are strong for the future.
A lot like Stone County.
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