Early residents and landowners in Panola County thrived with the help of the river as their source for shipping commodities. In the mid-1850s, the Rev. James W. Bates helped the railroad find the land it needed, and the first train passed through the new Panola Depot in 1857. A year later, as businesses migrated away from the river and towards the railroad, the Panola Depot was renamed Batesville after Rev. Bates.
Batesville is Panola County’s largest community and one of the two county seats. It is known for its thriving business economy, major retail developments, respected and fully-accredited public and private schools, and active community life. Batesville’s Main Street Historic District is the site of retail shopping, historic homes, and a 125-year old hardware store.
Tourists flood the Batesville area year-round. Special Events such as SpringFest attract thousands who enjoy the live entertainment, food, carnival rides, cornhole tournament, a 5K and other festival activities. Shopping is a huge industry. Batesville’s charming Main Street area features restaurants, antique shops and other retail establishments.
For sports fans, area colleges and high schools offer a variety of athletic events while neighboring lakes keep the anglers happy (not to mention the swimmers, boaters, and skiers). Beautiful parks are ideal for campers and hikers – and just about anybody with a picnic basket!
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