State-of-the-art meets artisanal
Stone County is where state-of-the-art modernity meets timeless artisanal quality, a place that’s always attracted those seeking deeper satisfaction and higher achievement. Nearly a century ago, one of the nation’s most successful children’s authors, Emilie Stapp, came here because she believed, correctly, the environment would spur her creativity. Stapp went on to spur others with her philanthropy, raising funds for children orphaned in World War I and later the equivalent of $42 million in today’s dollars for U.S. war bonds during World War II, doing it all from her picturesque Wiggins cottage.
In Blaylock Park in Wiggins, you will find a set of beautifully decorated centennial poles, which commemorate the past century of Stone County history. One of the poles reads, “Unique is normal here,” a statement that reflects the abundance of creativity and ingenuity in every corner of Stone County. A community invested in history, storytelling, and the arts, Stone County boasts several local artists, art installations (including an impressive, inspiring set of multi-media murals), and arts festivals. MGCCC boasts a thriving theatre program, where students can hone their skills in acting, stagecraft, set construction, directing, backstage work, costume design, and more. Each year, downtown Wiggins comes alive during the annual Pine Hill festival, where arts, crafts, music, and community life flourish. In Stone County, art and history inhabit the people you meet and the places you go.