Preservation in Mississippi).
Wesson was founded during the Civil War by Col. James Madison Wesson (MS GenWeb Project). He built the Mississippi Manufacturing company to produce "quality cotton fabric." The mills were sold in 1871 and renamed Mississippi Mills. The mills installed light bulbs the year after Edison perfected the invention and passengers on the evening train enjoyed the "marvelous lights" as they passed through Wesson. Wesson apparently holds the honor of being the first town in the area to have electricity. The mills were dismantled and sold for scrap during World War I, after falling into receivership and finally closed.
school photo taken on these steps in its early years!