The first white settlers of Starkville were Presbyterian missionaries. Once settled, people began to flock to the area because of its great springs and accommodating terrain. Originally named Boardtown, the town was renamed Starkville in honor of Revolutionary War hero, General John Stark.
Today, visitors will be happily surprised by Starkville's talent for savoring the past while embracing the future. One such example of this delicate balance is discovered through its marvelous historic districts. Visitors are encouraged to pack their walking shoes, as there is much exploring to be done. The Cotton District makes for a fascinating first stop. Built around the booming cotton industry, the Cotton District has been transformed into a gathering of enchanting homes boasting beautifully maintained yards, quaint porches, and inviting walkways. In fact, this district contains more than 130 award winning structures- all of which proudly display eye-pleasing facades splashed with rich color.
The Overstreet Historic District offers an eclectic mix of architecture built during the post-Civil War era. The Greensboro Street Historic District was home to many successful merchants and even civic leaders during the late 1860s. Many of the homes here reflect the status of their owners, and are rich in detail and ornate adornments. A walking or driving tour of Starkville's historic districts is an absolute must-do.
Although a fire swept through the area in the late 1800s, and destroyed many of the original buildings, downtown Starkville today sports a number of lovingly restored brick storefronts, which house a diverse collection of shops. Starkville's Main Street features several buildings which have the distinction of being listed on the National register of Historic Places.
As if its grand architecture and charming downtown weren't enough, Starkville is also home to one the most respected southern universities. Established in 1878, Mississippi State University adds to the rich culture of Starkville.
Nearby Noxubee National Wildlife offers nature lovers a virtual paradise. Just 13 miles south of Starkville, this natural paradise sports a remarkable variety of wildlife, and is an excellent outlet for bird watching.
Starkville is located just off Interstate 82, approximately 30 miles west of the Alabama border, near Columbus, MS.