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A History of Rankin County Mississippi, Volume I contains interesting facts about communities in our county which we plan to share with you in these pages. Many of these communities you know, others no longer exist, but all figure in our Rankin County heritage. How many do you know?

Formerly known as Oakdale, because of the large number of oak trees in the area, and located six miles south of Fannin, the community’s name was changed to Langford in honor of Charles R. Langford, the first postmaster, in 1890.

Abernathy was named for S.D. Abernathy who operated a large country store in 1890. The store was five miles east of Pelahatchie.

This community took its name from the Antioch Baptist Church which was organized in 1836. According to the New Testament (Acts 11:26) it was at Antioch where believers were first called Christians.



Gerard C. Brandon 1788-1850

Brandon, Rankin County’s seat of government, was named for Gerard C. Brandon Mississippi’s first native governor. Its post office opened July 7, 1829.

This settlement, famous for the location of Centenary College (1841-1845), was originally the site of a resort area. It was located 12 miles northeast of Brandon and briefly had a post office from August 24, 1839, through May 15, 1840.