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Leake County is the only square shaped county in the state and is exactly 24 miles square.  The county was named for Governor Walter Leake (1762-1825) who served as the third Governor of Mississippi from 1822-1825.

The Pearl River runs diagonally through Leake County on its course from the central basin of the state to the Gulf of Mexico providing fishing and boating opportunities . 


Leake County has three municipalities –

                                         Carthage, Lena and Walnut Grove.


The City of Carthage (City of Carthage)  was established as the county seat on July 31, 1834.    The selection of the name “Carthage” was influenced by settlers who moved from Carthage, (Smith County) Tennessee.    The state legislature approved on May 12, 1837, the incorporation of the Town of Carthage.   Carthage, the county seat, is located in the center of the county at the intersection of Mississippi Highway 16 and 35 and 25.      

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The Town of Lena is located in southwestern Leake County.    Lena’s Fourth of July Celebration brings thousands of people to the town on July 4th each year.  The day of family fun includes food, games, entertainment, political speeches, and arts and crafts concluding with a gigantic fireworks display at dusk.

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The Town of Walnut Grove is affectionately known by residents and visitors alike as “the best little town in Mississippi.”   Walnut Grove is in the south central part of Leake County at the Scott County line.  Walnut Grove is filled with friendly, hard-working people committed to making your visit enjoyable or welcoming you to your new home for your family or business.  The town has the small-town atmosphere with the conveniences of larger metropolitan areas just a short drive away.  


The 125 acre Business Park has water, sewer, natural gas, and electric utilities on-site.  This  Park and a number of available buildings both industrial and retail are located just 15 miles north of I-20, the Automotive Corridor of the Southeast and just 46 miles from the new Nissan Automotive Plant at Canton, MS.


On the third Saturday in October, Walnut Grove has a mix of fun, food and music with "South of the River Roux" .  The day is filled with good food, good music, arts and crafts and good friends.  For more information on Walnut Grove, visit their website:


The Natchez Trace Parkway (Natchez Trace Parkway)

running from Nashville to Natchez crosses the county in the northwest section.

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