History

The History of Puckett can be traced back to the year 1837. It is located about 18 miles south of Brandon. One of the first settlers was a man by the name of Calvin Boone, which at that time the name of the Town was Clear Creek. A man named Merchant is credited with building the first water mill in the area, and in order to draw trade, he blazed a road along the ridge which forms the dividing line between Camel’s Creek and Purser’s Creek, to the place known as Shiloh. Settlers came in from Alabama, among them being Joshua Burnham, Hiram Jones, Joe and Billie Stapleton. A. A. Burnham applied for a post office in 1890, asking that it be named Clear Creek or his own name Burnham. Since there was another Post Office with a similar name, the place was named Puckett, for another pioneer family. One claim to fame enjoyed by Puckett is that for a number of years a traveling show wintered in the community. It became so popular that Puckett was once called the largest little show place in the world. Puckett like every small community had her church and her public school. Sometime before the war of the states, the Methodist organized the first church and in later years the Baptist Church was organized. In 1924 Mayton, County Line, and Puckett consolidated their schools, building a $30,000.00 school building. The school was a great asset to the community, and in 1934 a $10,000.00 gym was added. The Bill Stapleton Home was the oldest house in the southeastern part of the county and was the home of P. P. Polk. This house was built by Bill Stapleton in 1834, who sold it to Hayes Holifield in 1860. A man by the name of Bob Gates is said to have owned the first automobile which was purchased from a catalog, and then Mr. Gates rode in a buggy to D’Lo caught a train to Jackson and drove the car back, it took him 3 ½ hours. In the 1950”s a sign was erected to welcome people to Puckett. The sign says: Welcome to Puckett 300 good friendly folks and a few old sore heads. New jobs and opportunities came to Puckett in 1989 with the located of Hydro Aluminum, which is now called R-Squared of Puckett. The Town has its own water system, library, post office, volunteer fire department, Police Department, Dollar General, and many other businesses.

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