Located in north central Prentiss County, Booneville is the county seat and home to a third of the county’s population. The community is adjacent to US-45, a four-lane highway stretching from Chicago to the Gulf Coast.
Booneville is the site of the county’s largest-ever economic development project in terms of financial investment and new job creation. With the help of grants from four public agencies, ACCO Brands constructed a 1-million-square-foot manufacturing and distribution center that employs about 800 people.
Northeast Mississippi Community College, which serves Prentiss and four adjacent counties, has its main campus in Booneville. In addition to offering college-transfer, career, and technical programs, the college operates a Division of Training and Workforce Development and five WIN Job Centers, including one in Booneville.
The community has two parks that include ball fields, tennis courts, and community centers. First-rate hunting, fishing, boating, camping, and other outdoor recreation opportunities are accessible within a short drive. The Rails and Trails Museum in the restored Gulf, Mobile and Ohio depot in downtown Booneville displays a large collection of artifacts, photographs, and memorabilia chronicling the unique history of Booneville and Prentiss County.
Straddling the border between Prentiss and Lee Counties, the town of Baldwyn is home to about 3,300 residents. Baldwyn has been successful in promoting industrial and business growth while maintaining the hometown atmosphere its citizens prize.
The East Baldwyn Rail Site, located on Robert Coggins Drive on the northeast side of Baldwyn, offers an 80 acre parcel inside an industrial park.
Brice’s Crossroads Battlefield, 5 miles west of Baldwyn, is the site of a substantial confederate victory of the Civil War. The 1864 battle is interpreted at the 1,400-acre site with trails and signs, and a visitors’ center offers a video, exhibit, and bookstore.
Located 6 miles west of Booneville, Jumpertown has a history dating back to 1850, although not incorporated until 1975. It has the distinction of being one of the first rural communities in Mississippi to establish a volunteer fire department. The community actively accommodates the needs of new and existing industries and in recent years has made great progress in providing up-to-date infrastructure.
Situated between Baldwyn and Bay Springs Lake on the county’s eastern border, Marietta is a few miles from the Natchez Trace and the outstanding recreational areas of Bay Springs Lake on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. It is home to the Marietta Industrial Park, a 50-acre site on MS Hwy 366 East, which features convenient access to air, rail, water, and highway transportation.