Introduction to Brandon, Mississippi
Brandon, Mississippi, in Rankin county, is 11 miles E of Jackson, Mississippi and 160 miles N of New Orleans, Louisiana. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and that it shares the Jackson metropolitan area with. Brandon contains a population of approximately 16,436.
Native American originally inhabited the present day City of Brandon. Europeans first arrived in the city in the early 1800s. It was named after Gerard C. Brandon, who was the first native-born Governor of Mississippi. The city became the county seat of Rankin County in January of 1829. The county was founded in 1828 and was named after Mississippi congressman Christopher Rankin.
Brandon and nearby Attractions
- Harrell Shopping Center
- Rapids on the Reservoir
- Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
- LeFleur's Bluff State Park
- Jackson Zoological Park
- Mississippi Museum of Art
Things To Do In Brandon
The Crossgates Park and Brandon Park offers a number of recreational facilities. One can also enjoy fishing and boating on the Crossgates Lake. Tourists can visit the Rankin County Museum and the Brandon Public Library to explore some of the area’s history. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Patrick Farms Golf Club. The Harrell Shopping Center, the Town West Shopping Center, Crossgates Village Shopping Center and Park Place Shopping Center are the local shopping centers. The city also hosts the Brandon Day Festival every year.
Jackson International Airport is close by.
Brandon Higher Education
Jackson State University, Hinds Community College and Mississippi College are some of the nearest universities and colleges.