Batesville, Mississippi Facts:
- County: Panola
- Coverage Area (Total): 11.1 sq. miles
- Elevation: 233 ft.
- Population: 7,463
- Cities/Towns covered in local Names and Numbers Phone Book: Abbeville, Batesville, Courtland, Oxford, Paris, Pope, Sardis, Taylor, Water Valley
Batesville was named after Jim Bates, a conductor on the Mississippi and Tennessee Railroad, and a prominent Methodist minister in the county. The town received its charter in 1866 and growth happened due to the MT line laying tracks directly through Batesville. As a result, the once prosperous steamboat traffic of nearby ports in Panola and Belmont began to shift to railroad travel, and Batesville reaped the benefits as a successful trade center.
Batesville maintains a variety of attractions including: