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The Town of Flora
Nestled, in the northern tip of Madison County is a small town known as Flora. It is best know for its small town flair and down to earth values. The 3.4 square miles of quiet streets and subdivisions on any given day will be teamed with families walking, riding bikes or taking afternoon strolls. It is a place where knowing your neighbor is a part of everyday life and a place where families have lived for generations.
Located in the Town of Flora is the
Take an unforgettable journey back in time...36 million years to an ancient log jam deposited by a river from halfway across our young continent. The Mississippi Petrified Forest is a place of beauty and fascination. It almost seems to cast a soothing spell. At times there will be a sweet scent of wildflowers and honeysuckle vines, or the more pungent fragrance of the pine and cedar. Birds sing a musical interlude. More than a collection of old stone logs, this place is truly a living, ever-changing wonder, placed as a rare jewel for a man to ponder and enjoy.
The Courthouse Square, still the focus of exciting activities, is the scene twice yearly of the nationally famous Canton Flea Market Arts & Crafts Show. The Market attracts up to 100,000 visitors annually from across the United States and beyond.
In recent years, the beauty, uniqueness, and preservation efforts of our Courthouse Square and Historic District, with its beautiful homes, have attracted the attention of Hollywood. In addition to the five major films, many advertising agencies have chosen Canton as the location for commercial and corporate shoots, and PBS again chose the town for a segment of a six hour blues documentary on blues great Skip James to air in 2003.
With the site of the Nissan Automotive Plant located one mile south of the city, proposed plans for the Mississippi Film Complex, and the continued efforts toward preservation by the community, Canton's future is well-assured.
Bi-Anual Canton Flea Market & Craft Show
Take advantage of excellent shopping opportunities at the Flea Market as well as Canton’s surrounding merchants. The Canton Flea Market features:
Antique & Gift Square of Mississippi
Quality fine art at below gallery prices
Antiques & unique handcrafted arts
Convenient parking throughout the city
The bi-annual Canton Flea Market Arts & Crafts Show, a one-day show, is held on the second Thursday of May and October. It is a litter free event.
Madison the City
We invite you to experience and share our hometown spirit. A once small farming community, Madison is now your passport to the best the world has to offer! Small-town flavor nestled close to the amenities of a large metropolitan area, Madison also offers an international doorway to business, recreational and educational experiences through its sister city relationship with Solleftea, Sweden.
Located in Madison, MS
The Chapel of the Cross
The Chapel is an example of Gothic Revival design with a lofty bell tower, tall narrow windows, and arched entrances. Designed by the noted architect, Frank Wills (an Englishman who would become the official architect of the New York Ecclesiastical Society), the Chapel’s bricks were slave made “river bottom” bricks, cast on-site from area clay.
Inside, the beams and the floors were hand-hewn from oak trees growing on the plantation. Work was done principally by the labor force from Ingleside and Annandale plantations with the exception of some artisans such as plasterers and brick masons. These people were brought in from other sources available in the state. The pews and chancel furnishings were imported through a furniture dealer in New Orleans. The baptismal font was cut from three pieces of Italian stone and also imported. The pipe organ was shipped from Philadelphia. The outcome of the project was an exquisite Gothic chapel, complete in every detail, occupying ten acres on a low hill set amid towering oak trees.
A Day in the Country
A Day in the Country is the community festival held on the Chapel grounds each first Saturday in October. It draws more than 10,000 visitors annually with families enjoying food, music, artisans, crafts, tours of the Chapel, Barbecue Cook-Off, the famous 63-Egg Cake, and children’s games and rides.
A Day in the Country was born in 1979 out of the necessity to restore the nineteenth century Chapel before it was forever lost to decay and vandalism. The Department of the Interior offered a $50,000 grant to assist in the restoration of the church which was listed on the National Historic Register. The congregation had to match the grant, so the festival was created. In recent years, proceeds have gone for various servant ministries as well as ongoing maintenance of the historic building.