Benton County

Located northeast of Hardeman County, Tenn., east of Tippah County, MS., south of Union County, MS., west of Marshall County, MS., and northwest of Fayette County, Tenn., lies Benton County, MS. Once occupied by the Chickasaw Indians, in 1834, the Treaty of Pontotoc was signed between the state of Mississippi and the Chickasaw nation. The treaty unfortunately granted white settlers the ability to purchase the land, which in turn left the natives with no place to call home.

Shortly afterward, Benton County formerly known as Salem, MS., was formed in 1870. Subsequent to being conjoined with its neighboring counties, Marshall and Tippah, Benton County became a county of its own and gained a new sense of individuality and independence.