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Located in the northern part of the metropolitan area that surrounds the state capital of Jackson, Canton, MS serves as the county seat of historic Madison County.

While Canton, MS never served as a major battle site during the Civil War, it was an important rail and logistics center during the war. As such, the city contains numerous historical points of interest, with many of the city being on the national Register of Historic Places. Furthermore, as part of the Mississippi Blues Trail, Canton, MS offers rich cultural opportunities to visitors as well as residents.

For history buffs, Canton, MS has much to offer.

Not only was the city an important rail and logistics center, but many wounded soldiers were either treated or transported through the city. As such, the city is home to a large Confederate cemetery. The courthouse square also features a beautiful historic shopping center, which features the popular Canton Flea Market and receives 100,000 visitors each year. The courthouse itself was built in 1855 and is one of only 7 pre-Civil War courthouses in the state in an unaltered condition. The Old Madison County Jail, which was built in 1870 and served the county for 99 years, is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. On the east side of town, numerous historic homes and a few bed and breakfasts comprise a large part of the historic district.

Thanks to the legacy of legendary blues singer Elmore James, Canton is also part of the Mississippi Blues Trail.

The city itself is rich in blues history, most of which is centered around the juke joints located on Hickory Street. Known as “The Hollow” by locals, Hickory Street hosted numerous notable blues performers. In addition to the contributions made by James, other performers associated with the city include Little Brother Montgomery, Grady Champion, Johnnie Temple and William “Do-Boy” Diamond. Other musicians associated with the area include slide guitarist Sonny Landreth, studio guitarist Bucky Barrette and gospel singers Reverend Cleophus Robinson and the Canton Spirituals.

Thanks to the historical significance of Canton, MS, a number of movies were filmed in the city.

For this reason, the city is known as the “Movie Capital of Mississippi.” Some of these include Thieves Like Us in 1974, Mississippi Burning in 1988, A Time to Kill in 1996, O Brother, Where Art Thou? In 2000 and Ballast in 2008.
Children living in Canton, MS are served by the Canton Public School District, though they also have the option to attend the Canton Academy. The city is also home to Nissan’s newest automotive assembly plant, which has helped to bring numerous employment opportunities to the city’s nearly 14,000 residents. 

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