Leaders overseeing the historic Jacinto Courthouse are looking to a brighter future for the landmark and are inviting the public to join them in their efforts to make the site one of the area’s crown jewels.

The Jacinto Foundation will host a community meeting this Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. at the country store building on the property.

A new board of directors took over earlier this year and board member Dale Fortenberry said Thursday’s meeting is an opportunity to bring residents together to talk about the future of the site, get a look at some of the work already underway and share ideas for how it can be improved and become even more of a tourism draw for the region.

“This is your community, this is your courthouse,” said Fortenberry.

He said they’ve already started cleaning up and going through the site to determine what’s there and what the needs are for the property and they want to encourage everyone to join together to work toward a better future. They want to get input on what residents from the area want to see happen and encourage involvement.

“We want to get everyone on the same page,” he said.

He acknowledged the courthouse and the overall site are in need of work and the board of directors is squarely focused on the future.

“It’s going to need a lot of tender loving care. We don’t deal in the past. We deal in the future,” said Fortenberry.

He believes the courthouse and grounds, with its numerous resources and unique history, can become a significant asset and tourist attraction for the region and they want everyone to work together to make that happen.

Built in 1854, Jacinto Courthouse served as the original county seat for old Tishomingo County before the county was divided into the present-day counties of Alcorn, Prentiss and Tishomingo in 1869 and the county seats were moved to their present locations. The courthouse property also includes several other buildings and facilities including the country store building and a campground.

The community will have some additional time to work on cleanup and improvement before the next big event at the site. The annual Jacinto Fourth of July Festival will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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