The City of Hospitality
The city of Booneville is nicknamed "the City of Hospitality," in reference to the town's southern hospitality. It is one of 21 certified Mississippi retirement cities.
This City of Hospitality continues to be a city on the move with a thriving shopping and good scene, numerous attractions, and natural beauty sure to provide the perfect experience for every visitor.
Booneville is located in the northeaster corner of Mississippi. It was named for the Boone family who settle here before 1853. By the year 1850, the region compromising the county had become thickly populated with an excellent class of emigrants fro Virginia, the Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama. These settlers were mainly Anglo-Saxon or British.
In 1870 Prentiss County was created principally from Tishomingo County, with a part of Tippah County and a small part of Itawamba County. These sturdy pioneers began to build schools, churches, and businesses. Booneville was made the county seat.
There have been many firsts in Booneville. The first hospital built in the nation under the Hill-Burton Plan was dedicated in 1949 in Booneville. Participating in the State Hospitality Program, Booneville won the first award to be presented in Mississippi in 1958. First place was also awarded to Booneville in 1955 and 1957.
The existence of and access to recreational facilities is one of Prentiss County's largest assets. Booneville has two city parks that include ball fields, tennis courts, and community centers. Because of the terrain and climate, hunting and fishing facilities abound, all within a short drive. Booneville has many active civic organizations to offer including American Legion Post, VFW, Civitan Club, Junior Auxiliary, Kiwanis Club, Lions Club, Pilot Club, Junior Woman's Club, and Rotary Club. Booneville City Schools serve a wide variety of students, and the parents are encouraged to work with the Booneville Board of Education, administrators and teachers to help their children succeed academically and emotionally in an ideal learning environment.
All of this and much, much more makes Booneville an exciting and growing town in which to live and raise a family today, tomorrow, and far into the future.