NEWTON COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) -- There's a place in Newton County where the water literally runs across the road, and it never stops. Stamper's Pond is located off Mississippi Highway 489, and it's well-known to locals.
Stamper's Pond (Photo Source: WTOK-TV)
Natives of the area call it Stamper's Pond or more simply: the place where the water runs across the road. Martin W. Stamper moved to the site around 1860 and operated a grist mill. It was the first of its type in east Mississippi. A post office was later added and operated until just after the turn of that century.
Originally, the Stamper area was inhabited by Choctaw Indians. They referred to the land as Oka Kapassa, which means "cold water."
The pond is spring fed from a number of sources and eventually creates a mini-waterfall that crosses the road in this rural part of Newton County between Union and Conehatta.
There's also a large lake on the premises that once was a favorite place for locals to fish and swim. In fact, in the early 1900's, Stamper's Pond hosted everything from political rallies to church revivals, and just about everything in between.
Stamper's Pond also has some unique history. Some say it was once considered a site to build a state University for Mississippi, but that failed by one vote in the legislature. There's also several tombstones on the grounds with some family members buried in the plots, along with a few unknown soldiers from the Civil War.
And some locals even say that ghosts from the old South can still be spotted and heard, if you can catch them at the right time.
Stamper's Pond in Newton County. It's not real easy to find, but it's worth the effort. You can step back in time and enjoy a place, and it's beauty. It hasn't changed very much at all in the last couple of centuries.
The location was built and established by Martin W. Stamper in 1858. It's located on highway 489 near Union. A special feature article was done on Stamper Pond by the "Today in Mississippi" website.