Introduction to Starkville, Mississippi
Starkville, Mississippi, in Oktibbeha county, is located 74 miles W of Tuscaloosa, Alabama (center to center) and is 137 miles SE of Memphis, Tennessee. Approximately 21,869 people live in Starkville.
Starkville was once occupied by the Choctaw Indians. The first white settler arrived in the region in the 1830s. The two large springs of the area attracted most of the early settlers. The area was initially known as Boardtown. It became the county seat of Oktibbeha County in 1835. In the same year, the name of the city was changed to Starkville in honor of General John Stark, Revolutionary War hero.
Starkville and nearby Attractions
- Eightytwo Plaza Shopping Center
- Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge
- Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum
- Templeton Music Museum
- Dogwood Golf Club
- Mississippi Entomological Museum
Things To Do In Starkville
Starkville is home to many parks and open spaces such as the Moncrief Park, Babe Ruth Park, Westside Park, and Jaycee Field. One can visit the Starkville Public Library and the Oktibbeha County - Starkville- Heritage Museum to explore the area’s history. Golf lovers can enjoy their free hours at the Dogwood Golf Club and Starkville Country Club. The Village Mall Shopping Center, State Shopping Center, East Plaza Shopping Center, and Southdale Shopping Center are some of the local shopping centers. The city also hosts Cotton District Festival, Magnolia Independent Film Festival, and Johnny Cash Flower Pickin' Festival every year.
Golden Triangle Regional Airport can be reached within a few minutes.
Starkville Higher Education
Mississippi State University is close by. Potential students can also enroll at the Itawamba Community College and Mississippi University for Women.