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A series of 23 articles by George Harper, 1878-1879


Kaleidoscope of History: Raymond

     The Kaleidoscope fascinates us all,
and we watch – and wait – sometimes holding our breath,
as the patterns of color continue to change with the passage of time.

Rebecca Blackwell Drake

     Raymond is recognized as one of the oldest towns in Mississippi, having been chartered on December 15, 1830. Before that time, plantations dotted the countryside, yielding an abundance of moneymaking crops.
     Writers and historians often project a romantic illusion of Raymond, suggesting that the town was born out of the conflict of the Civil War. To the contrary, Raymond was born a half-century prior to the war and designated to be the seat of Hinds County. A magnificent courthouse was built 1857-1859, displaying all of the elegance associated with Raymond’s southern charm. Today the Smithsonian recognizes the Hinds County Courthouse in Raymond as one of the ten most perfect examples of Southern architecture in the United States.
     After Raymond was established as the county seat, large and beautiful homes were built in and around town. Although most of the homes have disappeared from the landscape, numerous structures remain to remind of us of Raymond’s antebellum past: Waverly