Verona, Mississippi is a city of just over 3,334 people that is located in Lee County and consists of 3.8 square miles of both land and water.
Verona was founded in July of 1860 when John Ratliff sold part of his land to the GM&O Railroad Company and construction began at the intersection of the railroad and the Richmond and Pontotoc roads. Verona was the very first town in Lee County and was named by Ratliff’s daughter after the Italian city.
The city became a vital part of the Civil War by being a loading point along the railroad for the supplies and soldiers of the Confederate Army. The Confederate supply depot in Verona was destroyed on Christmas Day in 1864 and was one of the turning points that continued to sway the tides of victory for the Union.
In more recent years Verona has remained a vibrant, comfortable city that offers the largest hospital in the local area, a 110-acre lagoon and the best drinking water in all of Lee County.
Out of the roughly 3,334 people in Verona, there are 831 families within the city limits. Verona’s population density equals 891.4 people per square mile, and this includes about 393.6 housing units per square mile.
The majority of Verona’s population is African American (57.68%), and also includes 38.78% white, 2.22% Latino and 1.65% other races, among other minuscule ethnic percentages.
Over 73% of Verona’s households include married couples living with or without children under the age of 18 years old and the average family size is 3.22. The city has a rather young median age of 30 years, and for every 100 females in Verona there are 91.1 males.
The median income per household comes to $26,117, and the average yearly income per family in Verona is $30,255. The per capita income is $12,092, and the pay disparity between men and women in Verona is considerable. The median income for males is $25,000 as opposed to $18,305 for the city’s females. About 22.2% of the city’s population lives below the poverty line.
Verona is a part of the Lee County School District that includes six elementary, four middle and three high schools.
There are a lot of fun things to do in Verona and the nearby city of Tupelo, and no matter what you’re interested in there is fun for the whole family in this part of Lee County.
One very popular attraction is the Tupelo Automobile Museum, which is just a couple miles from downtown Verona and offers an expansive exhibit of some of the rarest, and oldest, vehicles in the entire United States. This is a must-see for all car lovers!
A lot of people who visit Lee County visit the Elvis Presley Center and the famous musician’s birthplace. It was here in Lee County that rock and roll was born and the history of music evolved forever.
For all of those nature lovers out there the Natchez Trace Parkway is an amazing place to get connected with nature and get some exercise in the great outdoors. This is one of the most beautiful nature parks in the entire state of Mississippi, so if you’re traveling through the state you’ll definitely want to check this park out if you have the time.
Another really relaxing park to go to in the Verona area is the Trace State Park, and this is a great place to take a swim in the lake or float around on a raft and relax in the water. Also there is a disc golf course here that is very highly recommended.
Also right in the heart of Verona, at 202 Main Street, is the Historical Blue Moon, which is one of the best museums in the city. It’s here that you can look through some very old artifacts and learn more about the rich history of Verona.
Tombigbee State Park is just down the road from Verona and offers incredible opportunities for hiking in the forest, lake activities like boating and swimming, camping and afternoon picnics. This is definitely one of the best parks in the region and is worth the time it takes to drive there from the downtown area of Verona.
The Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo is also a really fun place to take the family in Lee County where you can get up close and personal with wildlife like giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, camels and many more animals!
Food & Leisure
Verona is known for it’s southern food and vintage restaurants. No matter what it is you’re craving there is something for you in Verona, or nearby Tupelo.
Robert Trice is the current Mayor of Verona and the four county officers of Lee County include Tommy Ivy (District 4), Billy Joe Holland (District 5), Rickey Thompson (Justice Court Judge) and William Lyles (Constable).
The Lee County Justice Court Southern is located at 331 N Broadway Street and the Verona City Hall is located at 194 Main Street. The Tupelo Municipal Court Clerk is located at 316 Court Street, and all three of these buildings serve as the focal points for the Lee County law enforcement and legal departments.
The crime rate in Verona is relatively positive as compared to national averages, but the property crime rate is a staggering 20.32 per 1,000 residents. This is still below the Mississippi state average of 28.34 property crimes per 1,000 residents.
To learn more about upcoming and current events in Verona and Lee County go to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.
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