Introduction to Pontotoc, Mississippi
Pontotoc, Mississippi, in Pontotoc county, is located 86 miles SE of Memphis, Tennessee. The city is home to some 5,253 residents.
Pontotoc is a Chickasaw word which means "Land of Hanging Grapes". Renowned outlaws Austin and Chris Gervase, along with their gang, were known to hide in an old house in the area. Pontotoc is in the Pontotoc County which was founded in 1836.
Pontotoc and nearby Attractions
- Gum Tree Museum of Art
- Trace State Park
- Tupelo National Battlefield
- Pontotoc Lake
Things To Do In Pontotoc
The Gum Tree Museum of Art attracts visitors interested in the historical and cultural background of the region. Pontotoc Lake is a great place to just hang out with friends or enjoy a quiet walk. The Trace State Park offers opportunities for boating, fishing, hiking, picnicking, biking and horseback riding. Among the historical sites worth visiting are the Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site, and the Tupelo National Battlefield.
Air transportation facilities are offered by the Tupelo Regional Airport.
Pontotoc Higher Education
Higher educational institutes near Pontotoc include the University of Mississippi Main Campus, Northeast Mississippi Community College, Itawamba Community College, and Mississippi State University.