Girl’s Night Out 2016

Just a few of our participating retailers gathered in late May to pick up their advertising packets and tickets!gnogirlsGirl’s Night Out 2016 was held June 30th, 2016 with over 31 participating retailers and restaurants!

It was a huge success and a great time was had by all!

Plant will bring 30 new jobs and $7 million investment in Brookhaven

Mississippi Governor Bryant was in Brookhaven to  announce a new industrial development project here.

Governor Phil Bryant announcement ( Kay Burton photo)

Governor Phil Bryant announcement ( Kay Burton photo)


American Railcar Industries (ARI) will build a facility in Brookhaven located on the south east side of the Industrial Parkway bridge. Currently, this location is a concrete slab with remnants of a former plant building. The Mississippi Development Authority will provide a grant of roughly  $645,000 to construct a rail spur to the facility. The facility is located near the CN Rail main line that runs from Chicago to New Orleans, with service to Baton Rouge. ARI expects the facility to employ 30 people  on an operating basis, and likely many more for the construction of the facility. AMI expects to  invest $7,000,000 in the Brookhaven facility. More details are contained in the company’s press release below.

ARI Press Release

AMERICAN RAILCAR INDUSTRIES

BROOKHAVEN, MS

April 4, 2013

American Railcar Industries, Inc. (ARI), a railcar manufacturing, repair and services company headquartered in St. Charles, Missouri, is pleased to announce plans to build a new railcar maintenance facility in Brookhaven, Mississippi.  The new Brookhaven facility will be located directly on the Canadian National Railroad (CNRR) mainline and will be designed to provide expedited cleaning and light repair services to tank and freight railcars.  The new facility will cost an estimated 7 million dollars to build and will create approximately 30 new direct jobs in Lincoln County.  It is scheduled to be fully operational early in 2014.

ARI has operated a full service facility at Bude in neighboring Franklin County, Mississippi for almost 40 years.  The ARI facility at Bude provides full service and specialized rail car repair services such as major cleaning, heavy wreck rebuilding, project repairs and interior and exterior coatings.

The Brookhaven facility is designed to provide “quick turn” repair capabilities geared towards expediting railcars back into service and will target railcars that require cleaning, light repair and industry mandated tank car requalification.  ARI’s ability to provide both expedited repairs at Brookhaven and full service maintenance at Bude will position the Company to broaden its overall customer base and better serve traffic on the CNRR’s Chicago to New Orleans mainline.

ARI would like to thank the Mississippi Governor’s office, the Mississippi Development Authority, the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors, the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of Brookhaven, the Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce and the Brookhaven/Lincoln County Industrial Development Foundation for their assistance in bringing ARI to Brookhaven.

JW

 

Fun and Recreation

 

Lake Lincoln State Park and Percy Quin Sate Park, both a short drive from Downtown Brookhaven provide a variety of outdoor activities for the family to enjoy: hiking, biking, camping boating and other water sports.

Many private hunting reserves around the area draw hunters from all around the United States. Wildlife Management Areas provide varied hunting experiences spanning several seasons throughout the year. For information contact DWFP for information and regulations concerning hunting in this area at (601) 835-3050

 

Brookhaven Parks and Recreation Program ( http://www.brookhavenrecreation.com/ ) provide activities, for a small fee, like karate, gymnastics, and adult computer classes.

Intramural Sports are also offered through the Recreation Program. Adults and children alike can compete in football, soccer, baseball and volleyball.

The Brookhaven-Lincoln County Multi-Use Facility on the southern edge of town hosts livestock shows and rodeos and can be booked for family reunions and large parties as well.

Copiah-Lincoln Community College Athletic Events are a great way to spend an evening or afternoon. The college is located just north of Brookhaven and has strong and competitive football, tennis, basketball, baseball, softball and track teams. A calendar of events can be obtained by calling Co-Lin at (601)833-5801

Three Golf Courses in the  Area Offer a Variety Of Golf Prospects

Wolf Hollow Golf Club
Located on the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Campus
(601)643-8379

Brookhaven Country Club
A semi-private club
640 Country Club Rd
Brookhaven, MS 39601
(601)833-6841

Quail Hollow Golf Course
1102 Percy Quin Drive
McComb, MS
(601)684-2903

 

-About Brookhaven

How we got where we are today

Note: This history of Brookhaven and Lincoln County was researched and written for The Daily Leader in 1992 by Henry Ware Hobbs, who took a special interest in our rich heritage. A lifelong resident of the area and a noted civic leader, Hobbs died the following year.

Brookhaven is a survivor with charisma. Historically beset with vicissitudes similar to those which resulted in the diminishment or disappearance of formerly flourishing Lincoln County villages and towns such as Beauregard, Bogue Chitto, Cold Springs, Hartman, Nola, Norfield, Sogaard and Wellman, for more than a century Brookhaven has achieved a fairly steady, gentle prosperity for reasons other than its designation as the seat of Lincoln County government.

It occupies a spot in North America between the 31st and 32nd parallels and the 90th and 91st meridians. A part of West Florida governed by England from 1763 to 1779 and then by Spain until ceded to the United States by the Pinckney Treaty of 1795, it was included in the Territory or Mississippi when created in 1798 by the U. S. Congress, which accorded statehood to the area presently named “Mississippi” in 1817.

Situated amid the steep hills and dales covered with dense forests of towering virgin longleaf yellow pines, interspersed occasionally with boggy swamps and stretches of rich bottom land and grassy prairie, political dominion meant next to nothing to the relatively thin population of Choctaw Indians or their use of the land as hunting grounds and for food crop patches until 1805 when, under the Treaty of Mount Dexter, the Choctaw Nation forever yielded their Indians’ federally recognized possessory right to the soil and its usufruct to the federal government.

There then began a gradual settlement for agrarian purposes of the area embraced since 1870 by Lincoln County, but then comprising parts of Lawrence and others of the original 14 Mississippi counties.

Transportation

Lacking a commercially navigable river nearer than the Pearl, transportation was afforded on the narrow natural waterways by raft and light, shallow draught vessels and on land by pioneer feet and what a pack animal could carry or pull. Trails blazed along naturally drained ridges and through hollows impassable in bad weather became dirt roads. At some of the junctions and intersections a trading post or water mill or meeting house appeared and served as the focal point of a pioneer settlement.

One such was the Old Brook trading post at the intersection of an old Indian blazed trace evolved into a wagon trail and the east prong of the Bogue Chitto River about a mile and a half southeast of present day Brookhaven, the name accorded the site around 1818, as legend has it, to honor the former home of Long Island, New York, of its pioneer owner, the town’s reputed founder. Nearby other enterprising pioneers established a water mill and a small tannery.

In metropolitan aspect there was nothing to distinguish the Ole Brook settlement from the average country crossroads community centers which now enhance the countryside.

Early Settlers

Until the late 1850’s, along the line from New Orleans to Jackson, which would ultimately be the center of the Illinois Central main line railroad right of way, there was neither village nor town worthy of the name. By and large, the settlers and their retainers came from Georgia, the Carolinas, Kentucky and Tennessee where their families had been established for many years previous. They were Protestants of English, Scotch-Irish, and African heritage.

The plantation system employed on the lands they used and cleared which made each farm unit virtually self-sustaining. There was no ready market for the millions of board feet of resinous pine cleared in rendering the land parable and no viable means of transporting it to market had there been one.

Few opportunities existed for the circulation of what little money a settler could make from the sale of cotton grown in surplus of his immediate needs for cloth for his dependents made from home manufacture. The grueling transport of cotton to market was by river raft or mule drawn wagon.

During the early 1850’s, the plans of the New Orleans, Jackson and Great Northern Railroad Company to create a continuous railroad from New Orleans to Jackson, Tennessee became public knowledge. Had the founder of Old Brook settlement not been hostile to the company’s proposal for a right of way through his ownership, the individuals who saw advantage to the coming of the railroad would not have the opportunity to offer the needed space through the well drained plateau at the approximate center of which the depot building now stands.

The company accepted, designated the site a one of the rail line’s “ten mile stations” – Osyka, Magnolia, Summit, Bogue Chitto and Hazlehurst were others – and the name “Brookhaven” was appropriated for it.

“A Mere Hamlet”

At completion of the railroad in 1858 the town was “a mere hamlet with a dozen wooden houses”. Included was the first place of worship built in 1858.

Between railroad completion and Mississippi’s 1861 secession from the Union, not a universally popular action in the “Piney Woods” section of the state which included Brookhaven, the potential provided by rail access to major market points drew the attention of far sighted individuals with both commercial and cultural vision and there were laid the foundations for timber products manufacture and education at the college level which invigorated the community for many years.

Cotton production increased. Whitworth College opened. Sawmills began operation. Sun dried brick manufacture commenced. Mercantile establishments, saloons, variety stores, harness shops, livery stables, boarding houses opened. Commerce in a real sense began.

The variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds represented by the new settlers of the infant town was far greater than that of the earlier settlers in the county. There began to accumulate as citizens persons of Irish, German, French, Dutch, Jewish, Italian, Scandinavian, Greek, Roman Catholic and Calvinist, Wesleyian and Anglican Protestant backgrounds to form a population which made for a more flavorful, tolerant and resilient community than might have resulted otherwise.

The same variety produced a healthy competitive and stimulating business and social climate through the many years when locally owned enterprise of resident entrepreneurs dominated the commercial scene, and a public spirit which yielded library and hospital facilities long before the state and federal funding now considered concomitant to virtually every public oriented project was dreamed of.

Civil War

The Civil War and the following Reconstruction period suspended growth and slugged the community into temporary torpor.

Three companies of Brookhaven’s men were organized and went to war. Those remaining attended the nearby collection point and training camp for conscripts for military service and the field hospital for soldiers opened in the newly constructed Whitworth College building, long since replaced with another structure.

On their march from Tennessee to Baton Rouge for the purpose of crippling Confederate supply and communication lines, Grierson’s Raiders visited Brookhaven. Twisted rails and burned bridges, crossties and depots ended effective use of the railroad until minimum repairs were completed in 1867.

By 1874 there had been sufficient recovery from the effect of what was sometimes referred to as “the late unpleasantness” to inspire a visiting newspaper publisher to write:

“I was much impressed with Brookhaven during the sitting of the Press Convention in that city June, 1874. Especially I was attracted to its intelligent, social and hospitable people; by its church and school advantages; its progressive and business-like men, its beautiful and charming women – its social life appealed to me strongly. The citizens extended every hospitality to the representatives of the press, throwing open their doors and entertaining them in their homes, feasting them on the fat of the land, giving them meals a day, which was more than the average editor got at home.”

Civic Energy

A spasm of civic energy had been released by the termination of hostilities.

Whitworth College initiated its dedication to leadership in preparatory education and higher learning for females, maintained for the next half century. The town’s first brick building arose in 1865 at the site of the Inez Hotel. The first Roman Catholic Church was burned in 1866, but it was later replaced. The second brick structure, the Storm Building – still in use at the southwest corner of Cherokee Street and Railroad Avenue – was built in 1867.

King Cotton

The catalyst for trade in Brookhaven remained farm products, principally cotton, raised on the surrounding farms for shipment via rail.

The more substantial mercantile enterprises were the “furnishing businesses” or “plantation supply houses”. They extended credit on security or mortgages on farm land, equipment, crops and livestock and supplies virtually all of the farmers’ needs for farm operation and household maintenance except for cotton ginning – and some provided that, usually as a supplementary enterprise. They also served, in effect, as their customers’ banker, broker and sales representative.

Some early commercial bank operations evolved from just such businesses.

Notwithstanding a very slow proliferation of specialty and variety stores and ultimate changes in marketing methods, soon to be demonstrated by the then new McGrath store, the basic “furnishing business” remained a major factor in small town commercial life until the Great Depression.

Then nothing indicated that eventually King Cotton would have to share its throne of economic significance with timber and ultimately abdicate to timber management or reforestation ever would be and other monetary generators.

By the end of the 1870’s, demand in northern markets for southern yellow pine was beginning. Activity in the town included organization of a volunteer fire department and construction of an opera house.

Out in the county, despite the 1883-85 depression, some 27 sawmills had begun operating under southerners with little or no experience in the business and an estimated 10,500 carloads of lumber were being shipped annually.

More Professionals

The dangers inherent in the sawmill business created openings for the medical profession and, since for everyone maimed there is someone to be blamed, there was room for more in the legal profession. The town’ citizenry thus added more professionals than the average.

At the northern and southern edges of town native sons owned and operated planing mills and large payrolls. Money circulated as never before and presented opportunity for a banking operation truly commercial in activity as well as in name.

Brookhaven smirked into uneasy adolescence without anticipation to the tests it was to face.

An 1887 local option controversy stirred a cauldron of political disagreement which scalded the community and extinguished six flourishing saloons. A vigilante organization terrorized the area and brazenly threatened local government authority. The cotton market lost its bottom to depress 1893-94 significantly. Brookhaven’s charter was suspended for five years and its government placed under the direct control of the state governor by legislative act.

While the town grappled for maturity, lumber manufacture was accelerating along the railroad mainline and a network of logging railroads, or dummy lines, which fed the mainline was forming in the county. Bogue Chitto and Norfield throve into substantial size from sawmill activity. Money flowed from ravage of virgin forests without thought that timber growth of Brookhaven was about to begin.

Utilities

Telephones had become available in 1894, and then electric generation and a waterworks system permitting ice manufacture in 1898.

Mosquito bars were discarded in favor of window and door screen wire, which, it was hoped would inhibit repetition of the 1897 and 1904 yellow fever epidemics. Indoor plumbing arrived.

The turn of the century offered the threshold over which Brookhaven stepped into a little more than a decade of prosperity during which its own population doubled and the population of adjoining Pearlhaven, originally a separate and distinct municipal corporation, added over a thousand residents to the trade area potential.

Despite the 1907-08 economic slump, the Pearl River Lumber Company at Pearlhaven and the East Union Mills on the southern edge of town, they maintained hefty payrolls to produce their combined daily production capacity of 400,000 feet of lumber.

Diversified

The establishment of the Brookhaven Pressed Brick and Manufacturing Company and the Brookhaven Creamery diversified balance between agriculture and industry. A cotton compress and cotton seed oil mill augmented numerous ginning operations in and out of town.

At Brookhaven the Illinois Central mainline connected with the BP&R Railroad (“The Peavine”) providing passenger and freight service to Nola and Monticello. For shipment up and down the mainline and for Illinois Central’s own use as ballast thousands of carloads of gravel from the then largest known gravel deposit in the world a few miles east moved to the town via the M B & N Railroad. The Mississippi Central Railroad intersected the I.C. at Brookhaven and offered passenger and freight service between Hattiesburg and Natchez.

Good Times

Whitworth College enrolled more than 200 students, 75 percent of them boarders. Three commercial banks and two newspapers served the community. Building in the business and residential areas boomed. Subdivisions were laid out. The stateliest residences in town of the era were built or rendered stately by renovation. The public library and hospital had their beginnings. Civic and social organizations which today endure were formed.

Annual Events

Camellia Show – The annual Camellia Show is held February 3 & 4, 2007.

Charity Ball – The ball will be held February 10, 2007.

Miss Hospitality Pageant – The pageant will be held in March/April at the Chamber of Commerce

Jr. Miss Pageant – The pageant will be held in March/April at Southwest Community College.

Tour of Homes and Gardens – This annual event highlights homes of distinction. Alternates from a spring tour to a Christmas tour.

Annual Veteran Parade – Held the Saturday before Memorial Day. The parade honors veterans and features military vehicles and a memorial service with special guests and speakers. The Military Museum is open Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Lions Club Beauty Pageant – The annual pageant is held in August.

Exchange Club Fair – Held annually late July/early August one week before the start of school. The Exchange Club sponsors this event which is reminiscent of an old time county fair and has been a tradition since 1952. Initially most of the rides were handmade by club members. Today, operation and improvements continue completely through volunteer efforts and proceeds from the fair benefit youth in the community.

Ole Brook Festival – Mississippi’s Premier Family Festival located in historic downtown Brookhaven is held annually in October. The festival features a street market with over 200 vendors, arts and crafts, food court, youth challenge zone and kid’s zone. Other special events include Art Alley (MS Artisans), Gardening/Farmer’s market, a sanctioned youth talent contest, plus entertainment on Saturday Night.

Taste of the Trust – Brookhaven Trust sponsors this culinary event in the fall to benefit the preservation of history , arts and culture.

Christmas Parade – The annual Christmas Parade will be held the Thursday after Thanksgiving each year from 7:00 p.m. through 9:00 p.m. in downtown Brookhaven. The parade will include Santa Claus, marching bands, performers, special guests and floats.

Brookhaven Little Theatre – Three productions presented each year with an annual membership party.

Ole Brook Wind Symphony – Two concerts presented annually. Anyone who plays an instrument is invited to participate. For more information, contact Susan Jones at 601-835-0471.

Christmas Open House – Retail event held on a Saturday in November.

Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet – The annual awards banquet is held the third Thursday in November.

PARKS & RECREATION

Bicentennial Park – Main Street – State of the Art new playground equipment. 601-833-3791

Bogue Chitto Water Park – Picnic area, cook-outs, open air pavilion, camp sites, RV’s, 1 & 2 bedroom cabins. For tubing outside park and canoe rental, call these vendor numbers: Ryals 601-684-4948, Dogwood 601-684-9574, Bogue Chitto Choo Choo 601-249-3788, Best 601-551-8823, Uncle Buck’s 601-684-2016, Riverview 601-248-2599. Take South McComb exit, go east 14 miles on Hwy. 98.

Brookhaven Little Theatre – 126 W. Cherokee St. Three productions presented each year with an annual membership party. 601-833-0068.

Brookhaven Recreation Department – 689 Hwy. 51 N. Offers a variety of classes, activities and sports for all ages. Bridge games held weekly. 601-833-3791

Brookhaven Skating Rink – 1246 Calcote Loop. Roller Skating Rink, Arcade and Snack Bar. Serving the community for 37 years. 601-833-2829.

Brookhill on Natchez – 605 Natchez Dr. NE. Private tennis & swim club, playground equipment and walking track. 601-835-4347.

City Park – Hartman Street. Tennis courts, lighted, basketball courts, playground equipment, pavilion. Open daily. 601-833-3791.

Dixie Dancers – Crowley Dance Center – 108b S. Whitworth Ave. Square dancing – 1st & 3rd Thursday. 601-835-2447.

Exchange Club Park – West Congress Street – Baseball fields; Legion Field & W. D. Lofton Field. Picnic and cook-out areas, as well as playground equipment for children. Open Daily. 601-833-5008.

Hansel King Sportsplex – 1134 Belt Line Rd NE (Industrial park Road). Four softball fields, three soccer fields. 601-833-1009 or 601-833-3791.

Kids Kingdom – Honey Creek Lane NE – Unique playground built by the citizens of Brookhaven. Play, picnic, learn and enjoy nature. Open Daily 601-833-3791.

Lake Lincoln State Park – 2573 Sunset Rd. NE – Nature trails, water sports (boating, fishing, skiing and swimming), picnic, cook-outs, camping, RV sites, primitive camping and one cabin.

Magnolia Disc Golf Course – Lake Lincoln State Park – 2573 Sunset Rd. NE – 18 hole disc golf courts, played with a flip of the wrist and not with a golf club. Great fun for everyone. Small entrance fee. Disc available for rent or sale. 6 a.m. until dusk. 601-643-9044.

Ole Brook Wind Symphony – Presents 2 public concerts annually. Anyone who plays an instrument is invited to participate. Susan Jones 601-835-0471.

Public Library – 100 S. Jackson St. – Youth activities planned during the summer. 601-833-3369

Skate Zone & Arcade – 312 N. First St. – Skating rink, arcade & snack bar. 601-833-4205.

3 Flag Trax-Go-Karts – Hwy. 84 By-Pass & East Lincoln Rd. An arcade on site featuring pool tables, air hockey, table tennis, arcade games, children’s play area and mini golf course. 601-833-6969 or 601-833-3402.

West Brook Twin Cinema – Brookway Boulevard. MOVIES! Four selections daily (afternoon movies in the summer months only). 601-833-8888.

AREA GOLF COURSES

Brookhaven Country Club – N. Jackson St. Semi-private club, 18 holes-par 70. Open 7 days a week – must call for tee time. 601-833-6841.

Wolf Hollow Golf Course – Wesson, MS. Approximately 9 miles north of Brookhaven – 18 holes. 601-643-8379.

Fernwood Country Club – Fernwood, MS. Approximately 25 miles south of Brookhaven – 18 holes. 601-684-6983.

Quail Hollow Golf Course – Percy Quin State Park, 2149 Camp Beaver Dr., McComb, MS 39648. 601-684-2903 or 1-800-GOLF-MIS – 18 holes.

Rolling Hills Country Club – 22145 hwy. 51 S., Crystal Springs. Approximately 29 miles north of Brookhaven – 9 holes. 601-892-1621.

WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO DO

MUSEUMS AND
POINTS OF INTEREST

The Foster-Smith Log Cabin – located across from the Chamber of Commerce in Railroad Park. This charming log cabin was built in 1825 by John Foster on an old post road in Copiah County. Its hand-hewn logs and simple furnishings exemplify the pioneer spirit. In 1997 it was moved to its public location in downtown Brookhaven Railroad Park. Contact the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, P. O. Box 978, Brookhaven, MS 39602 – 601-833-1411 or 1-800-613-4667.

The Coffee Pot (actual coffee pot designed rooftop) – located on South First Street, was built in the 1920’s by J. J. Carruth and operated by his sons, Lester and “Bubba”. This was the first fast food restaurant in the South. In the 1930’s a famous pianist performed on the roof for 24 hours promoting the restaurant.

“Tapestry of Christ” – located in First Baptist Church’s sanctuary. Asem Zeini, a local painting contractor and talented artist, rendered his interpretation of Christ praying in the garden of Gethsemene in an oil painting which was then hand-woven into a tapestry in a small village near Beijing, China. It is 22 feet high and 24 feet wide and, according to the weaver, is the largest ever made in the area. Contact Kathy Smith, First Baptist Church, Monticello Street, Brookhaven, MS 39601. 601-833-5118.

Military Memorial Museum (old railroad depot) South Whitworth Avenue. Photos, artifacts and personal items of area veterans; plus displays of military equipment dating back to WWI. Open Tuesday and Thursday (10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) Special tours can be arranged. 601-757-3913.

Historic Whitworth College – 110 S. Jackson St. The college was established in 1858 and is now restored as the Mississippi School of the Arts. It has been designated as a MS landmark and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 601-823-9256 or 1-866-672-7871.

Homeseeker’s Paradise Sign – located at the intersection of West Cherokee Street and South Whitworth Avenue in downtown Brookhaven. The famous original electric sign which proclaimed this stretched from the second story of the old Cohn building to the second story of Brookhaven Bank. The original sign was donated to the war effort during WWII and was re-erected in its original site in 1996.

Holland Museum – Private collection of Robert D. Holland. Located in a replica of an old country store with post and beam construction, treated log siding and a red metal roof. Included in the collection are items used in yesteryear. Items included are hand tools, farm hand tools, Civil War guns, swords, WWI items and early shell loading equipment. For an appointment, call 601-835-0612.

Uzebek Museum – “Display of crafts, painting, clothes and cultural artifacts from Uzbekistan in my home. Also on display are items from foreign exchange students. This former republic of the Soviet Union is very special to me after four visits and the loss of my son while teaching at the University of Bukhara in 1995,” stated Rev. W. A. Matthews. Call 601-833-8435 for an appointment.

Old Saron Cemetery – site of the original Bogue Chitto Settlement. First settlers in the area. One of the gravesites is that of Captain William Smith, who fought in the War of 1812. Contact the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, P. O. Box 978, Brookhaven, MS 39602 – 601-833-1411 or 1-800-613-4667.

Hank Williams, Sr. Museum – located in the private home of Benton Case whose collection includes all of Hank, Sr. lp’s and his extensive personal collection of videos, memorabilia and photographs. Also personal recollections from Mr. Case. If you’re lucky, he’ll probably get his guitar and sing you a tune. By appointment only. 410 South Whitworth Avenue, Brookhaven, MS 39601. 601-833-5138.

-Retirement

Brookhaven is a certified retirement town.

” Brookhaven provides a safe haven for adults and children alike and has been recognized as a “Homemaker’s Paradise” since the early 1900’s and was one of the first cities to receive the prestigious “Seal of Approval” designation by the American Association of Retirement Communities in September, 2005. It is ideally located on Interstate 55, it’s an easy hour’s drive south of Jackson, two hours north of New Orleans and in less than three hours, you can enjoy Mississippi’s beautiful Gulf Coast.”  http://www.visitmississippi.org/retire/brookhaven.html

A local resident has provided  a wealth of information about retiring Brookhaven. See http://homerrichardson.com/retireinbrookhaven/

-Real Estate

The real estate market in Brookhaven provides housing solutions that span a spectrum of options. New families looking for a charming cottage or patio home will discover that Brookhaven is a great place to start.

Established families seeking larger homes or properties will find an equally broad selection available that suits any income level.

It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a quaint house in a quiet neighborhood, a ranch style home on horse property, or a downtown loft apartment. You will find your home here.

Local Real Estate Companies

Joyce Asken Realty
712 Brookway Blvd.
Brookhaven, MS 39601
601-833-4077
http://www.joyceaskenrealty.com

 

Bailey Realty
954 Union St.
Brookhaven, MS 39601
601-833-8592

 


Hobbs Realty
117 S. Railroad Ave.
Brookhaven, MS 39601
601-833-1859
http://www.lylehobbsrealty.com

 

Betsy Smith Properties, Inc.
415 Hwy. 51 S.
Brookhaven, MS 39601
601-833-6305
[email protected]
http://www.betsysmithproperties.com

 

United Country/McDaniel-Gray
Real Estate
512 W. Monticello St.
Brookhaven, MS 39601
601-835-2000
http://www.unitedcountry.com/brookhavenms

 

Wooten Real Estate
214-B Hwy. 51 N.
Brookhaven, MS 39601
601-833-6322
http://www.wootenrealty.net

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Arts and Entertainment

Brookhaven is home to the Mississippi School of the Arts  and Whitworth Auditorium .

The Brookhaven Trust for the Preservation of History , Culture and the Arts, as well as many social organizations and clubs, bring a wide variety of artistic lectures and performances to Brookhaven. The Brookhaven library http://www.llf.lib.ms.us/index.htm has an exhibition space for local and regional art shows.

In addition to a multi-screen commercial cinema, Brookhaven is home to the Brookhaven Little Theatre, the state’s second longest running community theater .( http://www.haventheatre.org/ )

-Shopping

 Shopping in Brookhaven

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Antiques & Gift Shops

Brookhaven Christian Book & Gift Store
130 W. Cherokee St.
601-833-7671

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
1215 Brookway Blvd.
601-823-6800

Detour 51
420 Hwy 51 N
601-990-4063

Engravables
709 Brookway Blvd.
601-833-9985

King’s Daughters Gift Shop
427 Hwy 51 N
601-835-9392

Millane’s Gifts
633 Brookway Blvd.
601-833-1521

Southern Treasures Consignment & more
505 Hwy 51 South
601-823-9111

Vendor’s Emporium (booths offering handmade items, vintage finds & antiques & more under 1 roof)
210 Hwy 51N
601-833-0031

Specialty Shops

Angel’s Attic Thrift Store
134 N. Church
601-833-3761

Bdazzled $1.00 & More Jewelry
511 Brookway Blvd
601-835-5134

Beyond the Rainbow Children’s Wear
629 Brookway Blvd.
601-835-1580 or 601-835-2849

Brookhaven Graphics
1535 W. Industrial Pk Rd NW
601-835-4443

Brookhaven Music and Sound
203 S Railroad Ave.
601-833-1270

Castles Ladies Apparel
534 Brookway Blvd.
601-835-2323

Engravables- clothing, shoes, gifts, jewelry, personalization, monogramming & more
769 Brookway Blvd
601-833-9985

Expectations
637 Brookway Blvd.
601-833-5303

Expectations too!
639 Brookway Blvd.
601-990-4081

Fashion Jewelry
122 S. Whitworth Ave.
601-833-9988

The Finishing Touch-Jewelry, home &bridal registry
633 Brookway Blvd.
601-835-5004

Imaginations Bridal
131 W. Cherokee
601-833-6280 www.imaginationsbridal.com

Judy’s II Shoes-dressy & casual shoes for all ages
208 Hwy 51S, Suite B
601-833-3434

Lemanedi art, pottery &gifts
115 W. Cherokee
601-754-2993

Liz-Beth Pageant Specialties-Pageant & formal wear
118 S. Whitworth Ave
601-833-0088

Melinda’s Fabrics & Design Services-bedding &linens
129 W. Cherokee
601-990-4022

Mid-South Sign Graphics
1534 Hwy. 51 NE
601-833-5124

Nathan Allen Jewelers
771 Brookway Blvd.
601-833-5666

Persimmons Ladies apparel
208 Hwy 51S
601-833-1999

RFS, Inc.

601-757-7389

Roxy Magnolia Consignment & more
131 W. Cherokee St.
601-835-2444

Sassy but Sweet- Ladies apparel
101 Hwy 51N Ste. 48
601-941-6465

Snazzies—Ladies Apparel
932 Brookway Blvd.
601-990-4026

Smith Jewelry
105 W. Cherokee St.
601-833-3421

Southern Flaunt (formerly bebe’s)
939 Brookway Blve, Sutie A
601-823-1003

Southern Graphics
129 W. Cherokee St.
601-833-7448

Susan’s Shoppe-Pageant & Formal Wear
512 W. Monticello
601-833-9333

T-Tommy’s
811 Hwy. 51 N
601-833-8620

We Frame It Home & Bridal
929 W. Chickasaw Street
601-835-2927

Zeal – consignment & more
515 Brookway Blvd.
601-833-5050

National Retailers

Sears
222 Hwy 51 N
601-833-5811

Factory Connection– Clothing
Brookhaven Plaza, 937 Brookway Blvd. Ste. F
601-835-0136

Florists & Nurseries

Brookhaven Nurseries
946 Hwy 51 S—NE
601-833-2761

Buds & Blooms Nursery
3066 Hwy 550 NW
Wesson, MS
601-835-1332

Growin’ Green
2229 Hwy 51 SE
Bogue Chitto, MS
601-734-2867

FURNITURE & HOME ACCESSORIES

J. Allan’s-Furniture from reclaimed wood/ home decor
219 S. Jackson Street
601-990-2082

Sears
222 Hwy 51 N
601-833-5811

T. H. Perkins Furniture Co.
520 Brookway Blvd.
601-833-7351
830 Brookway Blvd.
692-833-1143
www.thperkins.homeappliances.com

Tillman Furniture
Hwy 51 North
601-833-9888

Health Care

When it comes to the health care needs of Brookhaven and Lincoln County residents, King’s Daughters Medical Center strives to meet the challenge. The mission of the hospital is to provide quality health care and wellness services in a Christian environment. KDMC continues that goal by completing in 2010, the addition of three floors on the west side and one floor on the south side of the hospital, as well as a major renovation project in the existing building. The $11 million expansion and renovation project will add more patient rooms and an elevator, while creating a larger emergency room and changing the layout of the hospital.

KDMC officials have consistently upgraded the hospital over the last decade with several renovations and technology improvements already under their belts. The latest project encompasses over 47,000 square feet for the expansion and renovation and almost 14,000 square feet of new space.

The hospital will also has a wireless computer system added for patients to use, as well as a computer area in the gift shop for patients’ family members to use for sending baby pictures or updating friends and family on their loved one’s condition.

 

Besides the aesthetics of KDMC, hospital officials also work continuously to improve the care provided to patients. Bringing qualified, long-term physicians and health care workers to the area is a major goal for KDMC officials.

Medical services offered by KDMC include therapy, fitness, general surgery, internal medicine, nephrology, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pediatrics, radiology, urology, anesthesiology, family practice, otorhinolaryngology and pathology.

 

KDMC also recently expanded its physical therapy services by providing athletic trainers and physical therapists at local schools for students who need continuous physical therapy. Preventive-care measures offered through KDMC include the fitness center and educational programs that range from CPR and first aid classes to smoking cessation and childbirth classes.

With more than 500 employees, the hospital is one of the largest employers in the area. For those wishing to find out more about the hospital or even apply for a job, they can visit the hospital’s web site at www.kdmc.org.

Through the web site, potential employees can apply for jobs, and visitors can take a virtual tour of some areas of the hospital. The web site also has health links, information about the medical staff and photographs of the newborns, accessible with a password parents can give to friends and family.

Anyone wishing to tour the hospital’s facilities may contact the hospital at 601-833-6011.

Nursing Homes

Brookhaven and Lincoln County residents have four area facilities to choose from when considering options for providing around-the-clock care for the elderly. Located within a short distance from the community’s hospital, King’s Daughters Medical Center, are Countrybrook Living Center, Haven Hall Health Care Center, Silver Cross Home and Beverly Healthcare.

Countrybrook Living Center

Countrybrook Living Center is a 121 bed skilled nursing facility located on Brookman Drive, just a block from the hospital. The facility is operated by Sava Senior Care, one of the leading providers of long-term health care in the United States.

Countrybrook staff works to provide top-quality care in a homelike environment for both long-term and short-term residents who need additional rehabilitation and skilled nursing care prior to going home from the hospital following strokes, heart attacks, surgery or other serious conditions.

Countrybrook’s rehabilitation department, under the direction of a qualified rehab director, offers physical, occupational and speech therapies, striving to meet the needs of the residents.

“The staff here is a very active and well-trained group, and I’m very pleased with the loving care they provide to all of our residents,” said Administrator Gary Stafford. “We all work hard to provide the type care that our residents need and deserve.”

Haven Hall Health Care Center

Haven Hall Health Care Center offers 81 skilled nursing beds and 15 personal care/residential beds at its Mill Street location, off North Jackson Street. The four acre facility includes landscaped lawns and a large covered pavilion, creating a country-style environment.

Residents add to their experience by participating in activities and fellowship with other residents and staff. A unique aspect of Haven Hall is the frequently used short-term rehabilitative services allowing area residents to come to the facility while recovering from an injury or stroke.

The approximately 100 member staff also provides around the clock care and extensive therapy services. Physical, speech and occupational therapists are able to work with residents who need assistance in maintaining their maximum physical abilities.

“It’s just a wonderful facility with an energetic staff that really focuses on the needs of the geriatric population,” said Dorethea Bournes, director of nursing.

Staff members encourage visits and phone calls from those who have friends and family at Haven Hall or those looking for a nursing facility.

Silver Cross Home

Silver Cross Home is a non-profit facility that can provide rooms for 60 senior citizens with a full staff.

The nursing home’s non-profit status means it is “governed by a board that has the well-being of residents at heart rather than the bottom line,” said Gussie Ashley, the facility’s administrator.

Ashley said she’s excited about the caring staff at Silver Cross. “They are dedicated to the patients,” she said.

While creating a homelike atmosphere with activities and home-cooked meals for the residents, Silver Cross also offers 24 hour rehabilitative care with the goal of allowing each resident to reach and maintain the highest practical physical, mental and psyco-social well being, Ashley said.

“We encourage families to come be a part of Silver Cross by visiting their loved ones at any time,” she said.

Beverly Healthcare

Beverly Healthcare, formerly Brook Manor, is a 58 bed facility that is Medicare and Medicaid licensed, practicing under the service of a medical director. The staff of over 60 provides 24 hour nursing care, with amenities ranging from volunteer programs to quality therapy.

A qualified activities director coordinates all activities, which include volunteers from area churches and groups. “We strive to give residents a homelike atmosphere and continuity of care generated by our staff,” said Carolyn Wilson, the facility’s administrator who has served 34 years.

Patients are tended to by nurses and a licensed medical doctor who works closely with the patients’ private physicians. The facility provides different types of lifts for patients’ needs. Beverly Healthcare has a lift van to help with transporting residents who cannot travel to the doctor’s office without assistance.

Patients’ family and friends have a unique opportunity each year to participate in the facility’s survey. It serves as a type of scorecard for officials by providing feedback on the quality care, therapy, cleanliness, food and associates’ response to those important issues, Wilson said.

Support Groups

A.C.T.S. – Alcohol/Chemical Treatment Series meets every Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. at Apostolics of Brookhaven, 1295 Highway 51 NE. A.C.T.S. is a three-step, substance abuse program open to anyone who desires to change. Call Chaplain James Earl Mason, Jr. at 601-823-3874 or 601-835-4132.

Al-Anon Family Groups – for families and friends of alcoholics meets each Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, corner of Jackson and Chickasaw Streets. Call 601-833-8662.

Al-Ateen – meets Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Contact Glenn Smith at 601-833-8413 or 601-833-9078 for more information.

Alzheimer’s Support Group – A support group for care givers and family members faced with loved ones suffering from Alzheimers. For more information, call the Baptist Health Line at 1-800-948-6262 or 601-948-6262.

Bereavement Support Group – sponsored by Hospice of Central Mississippi meets at 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month at Hospice Ministries, Inc. in Ridgeland. All who have lost a loved one are invited. For info, call 601-898-1053.

Breast Cancer Support Group – “The Positive Ones”, a support group for breast cancer survivors meets the third Monday of each month at 5:00 p.m. at Baptist Medical Center’s Hederman Cancer Center in Jackson. Call 1-800-948-6262.

Breast Surgery Recovery Therapeutic Exercises – “Focus on Healing”, a therapeutic movement and exercise program for women following breast cancer surgery, node dissection, radiation treatment, chemotherapy, lymphedmea or those suffering from chronic fatigue. The class is held every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. in the Activities Room of the Hederman Cancer Center. To register, call 1-800-948-6262.

Brookhaven Beginners Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at the First Presbyterian Church on the corner of Jackson and Chickasaw Streets. There is a women only meeting at 7:30 p.m.; closed AA discussion on Mondays at noon; a Big Book/Step Study on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.; closed AA discussion on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; open meeting at New Haven treatment facility on Fridays at 8:00 p.m.; and an open discussion on Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. An open meeting is for anyone interested in alcoholism. Call 601-823-3148. Brookhaven Women’s Group of AA also continues to meet.

Caregivers Support Group – If you or someone you love must provide care for a loved one who is elderly or dependent, you can benefit from a new monthly caregivers’ support group facilitated by Baptist Adult Day Health Services. For more information, call 601-962-1222.

COC Support Group – is designed to support those individuals who have made up their mind to refrain from the use of drugs and alcohol. The group meets Monday through Friday at 4:30 p.m. at 435 Center St. in Brookhaven.

Co-Dependence Anonymous – CoDa meeting every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Scott and Virginia Avenue in McComb, Mississippi. For more information, call 601-249-2185.

Compassionate Friends – Have you lost a child? Would you like to talk to someone who truly understands? The Compassionate Friends meet the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at Easthaven Baptist Church. No matter the age, race or cause, members are linked together by a common thread – the loss of their children. If interested, call Donna Williamson at 601-587-2055.

Diabetes Support/Learning Group – A diabetes community support group at the Diabetes Learning Center in Jackson. There is no cost for this support group. For more information, call 1-800-943-6262.

Fibromyalgia Sufferers – interested in forming a support group? Call 601-643-5721.

Gastric Bypass Group – will meet the first Monday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at King’s Daughters Education Building in Brookhaven. For more information, call 601-823-0439.

Gastric Bypass Patients – support group for patients or those interested. Meets every first Monday at King’s Daughters Medical Center’s Education Annex at 6:00 p.m. Everyone welcome regardless of physician choice. For more information, call Teena Morgan at 601-833-8171 or Chris Smith at 601-833-7218.

GYN Cancer Support Group – “Walking Forward’ is a group for patients with gynecological cancer in which you can find information comfort and reassurance from physicians and other cancer patients. For more information, call the Baptist Health Line at 1-800-948-6262 or 601-948-6262.

Helping Out Troubled Teens – H.O.T.T. meets each Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Mt. Salem Church, 847 South First Street in Brookhaven. Call the Rev. Jerry L. Wilson at 601-833-7172 for more information.

HIV/AIDS, STD Support Group – Mid-South Miss. Chapter of the American Red Cross sponsors meetings every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the local office at 228 Court Street.

Interstitial Cystitis Support Group – Topics include diet, stress management and chronic pain. For more information, call the Baptist Health line at 1-800-948-6262.

Jackson Area Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group – meets every fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Baptist Medical Center’s private Dining Room in Jackson. Group meets to allow people with brain injuries to discuss and talk with one another about their lives as brain injured individuals. Available for persons who are also spinal cord injured. It is backed and sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of Mississippi. For more information, call 601-981-1021.

KDMC Prostate Cancer Support Group meets every other month. There is no fee. For more information on dates, place and time, call Kim Bridge at 601-835-9406.

Kidney Disease Support Group – meets the second Sunday of each month from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. on the sixth floor of the McComb hospital. Patients, family members and transplant recipients welcome. Call Lori Tate, LMSW, at 601-833-9720.

Learning Disabilities Association of Southwest Mississippi– for parents, teachers and interested friends of children and adults with learning disabilities normally meets the last Thursday in each month of the school year. Call Pam Fearn at 601-833-7359.

Learning Disabilities Peer Support Group – for young adults (age 16-35) with learning differences. Call Betty Crosby, project officer, at 601-833-1184 or 601-833-0987.

Lupus Support Group – meeting the first Saturday of every month at 2:00 p.m. in the Busey Auditorium of the Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. For more information, call the Baptist Health Line at 1-800-948-6262.

Mississippi Narcotics Anonymous – for all still suffering with addictions meets on Warran Krout Road in McComb on Monday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ant Friday at 9:00. Call 1-800-682-0466 for more information.

M.S. Support Group – the Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets at 2:00 p.m. at the Baptist Healthplex in Jackson. Call 1-800-948-6262.

Myasthenia Gravis Foundation – looking for people who have M.G., one of the most difficult neuromuscular diseases to diagnose. Disease is caused by a malfunction of the body’s immune system; sets up a defect between nerves and muscles. Symptoms are eye lids droop, difficulty in swallowing and chewing, abnormal weakness in arms and legs, and breathing trouble. Contact Joe Benson at 601-835-1915 or the national office at 1-800-541-5454.

My Fellowman Outreach Ministries, a battered and abused women support meeting for “The Whole Woman,” meets once a month on the second Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Family First Resource Center at 511 North Church Street. Call Minister Johnnie Mae Greene at 601-310-2962.

My Fellowman Outreach Ministry, a battered and abused women’s support meeting, meets each third Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Lawrence County Family First Resource Center at 207 Cougar Drive in Monticello, Mississippi. Call Johnnie Green at 601-310-2962 or the center at 601-587-3013 for more information.

NAMI MS – offering free education and specialized courses for parents/guardians of children with emotional and behavioral difficulties, such as ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, etc. Call the National Alliance for the Mentally III (NAMI) of Mississippi at 1-800-357-0388.

Narcotics Anonymous Meetings – for the mid-Mississippi area, every Sunday at 6:30 p.m., every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. and every Friday at 7:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. The group seeks support from fellow recovering addicts who wish to share their experience, strength and hope. Supervised child care available; for more info, cal 601-833-8936 or 601-835-2350.

Narcotics Anonymous Meeting – meets Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Summit, Mississippi. Contact 601-249-2851 or 601-835-0583.

Ostomy Support Group – meets the last Sunday of each month at 3:00 p.m. in the sixth floor conference room of SMRMC, McComb, Mississippi. Ostomy patients, family, friends and medical professionals are invited. For further information, call 601-783-6312.

Osteoporosis Support Group – “Building Strength Together” meets the second Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 1-800-848-6262.

Overeaters Anonymous – meets Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at 1034 Spring Street in Wesson, Mississippi. For details, call 601-643-8830.

Parents Who Have Children in Foster Care Support Group – meets Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at the Families First Resource Center located at 511 North Church Street. For more information, call Pat Williams at 601-823-9244.

Parents Who Have Lost Children Support Group – call Tom Moak at 601-833-7807.

Polio Survivors Support Group – meets the fourth Saturday of every month at 1:00 p.m. at the Baptist Healthplex, 717 Manship Street, Jackson, Mississippi. For more information, call 601-948-6262.

Prostate Cancer Support Group – Us Too, a Prostate Cancer Support Group, meets the first Monday of each month at Baptist Medical Center’s Hederman Cancer Center Activity Room. Call 1-800-948-6262.

Serenity Group of AA – hold AA meetings on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at 1001 North Jackson Street, Brookhaven, Mississippi. Also meets Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Have a problem with drinking? Alcoholic Anonymous can help. Call 601-833-8413 or 601-833-9078.

Southwest Christian Singles Support Group – meets every first and third Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at Magnolia United Methodist Church. Cal 601-684-5424 or 601-249-2955.

Substance Abuse Support Group – meets Tuesdays at Emanuel Temple Worship Center at 420 North Hamilton Street, Brookhaven, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Call 601-833-0422 for more information.

The Guardian Shelter for Battered Families – located in Natchez, Mississippi. 24 hour crisis line: 1-800-273-6939.

TOPS – Take off Pounds Sensibly – a non-profit weight loss support group meets every Monday at 4:00 p.m. for weigh-in and meeting at 5:00 p.m. at Centenary Methodist Church, Delaware Ave., McComb, Mississippi. Call 601-734-6117 or 601-783-5499.

Transplant Support Group – meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. Support group for all transplant recipients and their families. Call James Laird at 601-835-0129 or Glenda Smith at 601-833-1457.

US TOO – Us Too, a prostate cancer support group, will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Baptist Medical Center’s Hederman Cancer Center Activity Room. Support group meets first Monday of each month. To register, call 1-800-948-6262.

Weight Management – Balancing the need for good nutrition with the need to lose weight, the group meets every Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Nutrition Center of Baptist Health Systems in Jackson, Mississippi. Call 601-973-1624.