Maggie and Marvin performing in a show. The “show pictures” are from the collection of Rebecca Burnham Kallaher, Texas; and Joy Parker of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Located about 20 miles southeast of Brandon, Puckett was named for one of its early settlers. When application for a post office was made, the name Burnham was requested, but there was already a post office named Burnham, so the request was denied. Another one of Puckett’s early settlers named Merchant built the first water mill and to attract trade, he had blazed a trail along the ridge which forms the dividing line between Campbell and Purvis Creeks to the point now known as Shiloh.
from "A History of Rankin County Mississippi, Volume I"
One of the oldest houses in the southeastern part of the county was the Bill Stapleton house, built in 1834. The entire west end was said to be built by slave labor, with a porch 10 feet wide extending the entire length of the house, a hall 12 feet wide, and two rooms each containing two fireplaces.
Puckett during the winter months became the mecca for traveling show people and was called humourously by one writer, “the biggest little show town in America.”
The post office at Puckett was established in 1891.