Introduction to Canton, Mississippi
Canton, Mississippi, in Madison county, is 23 miles N of Jackson, Mississippi and 175 miles S of Memphis, Tennessee. The city is located in the Jackson metropolitan area. Canton has a population of 12,911.
Canton was once inhabited by the Choctaw Indians. It was incorporated in 1836. The city is the county seat of Madison County, which was founded in 1828 and was named after U.S. President James Madison. Canton had two banks, a bakery, a drug store and two hotels by 1838. The Greek Revival Courthouse of the city was established in July 1855.
Canton and nearby Attractions
- Old Jail Museum
- Lefleur's Bluff State Park
- Casey Jones Railroad Museum
- Leake County Water Park
- Rapids on the Reservoir
- Medgar Evers House
Things To Do In Canton
Canton offers easy access to various museums, including the Casey Jones Museum, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum. The Red Bud Park is also a popular local spot. The city hosts the Gospel Fest Homecoming every July.
Air transportation facilities are provided by Jackson International Airport.
Canton Higher Education
Jackson State University, Mississippi College and Holmes Community College are some of the nearest institutions of higher education.