Magnolia is a town in Southwest Mississippi with a little over 2400 residents an almost 17% increase from 2000. Magnolia was settled in 1810 and incorporated in 1859. The town was named by Mary Sinnot, a local, after the many magnolia trees inside the town. There are still a lot of magnolias here. Magnolia has been the county seat of Pike County since 1875. Pike County was named after explorer Zebulon Pike.
The Pike County Courthouse was built in 1976 but the wooden-framed building burned in 1881. The current courthouse was built in 1882 and remodeled in 1918 to the present appearance.
Magnolia has a nice Veterans Memorial dedicated to Pike County veterans of the nation's military, especially those who paid the ultimate price.
There is a nice memorial on the courthouse grounds to county law enforcement officers that have died in the line of duty.