A little history...

Centreville, MS also known as Elysian Fields was founded during the Second Spanish Regime in Mississippi, which, according to the meagre records found, must have lasted from 1781 - 1798. Old Centreville or Elysian Fields was known for its giant pines, spreading live oaks, luxuriant magnolias, rippling streams and bubbling springs. Elysian Fields means "Seat of Delight," "Seat of Future Happiness," "any delightful place." 


Centreville rest in Wilkinson and Amite County. Wilkinson County was formed in 1802 and Amite County in 1809. Elysian Fields or Amite Courthouse was founded during the Second Spanish period as a Spanish trading post. The Amite Court house was sometimes held under the great live oaks at the crossroads. 


The Amite County early settlements are always mentioned in connection with roads. The historic Three-Chopped Way led from Georgia to Alabama to Natchez, Mississippi. It came through Liberty and veered northwest, so it is reasonable to suppose it came through the Spanish post Elysian Fields. 

A register of officers and agents of the United States in 1817 in Mississippi Archives and History mentions a second road. "In 1818 a road was listed from Natchez to New Orleans. It crossed Homochitto River, crossed the 31* N parallel, crossed Amite River, went by the courthouse in St. Helena Parish, Louisiana, and crossed over the bridge on Tangipahoa River." A note in the Orphan's Court record in Liberty adds: "From the direction of this road it undoubtedly came through Amite County, or a portion of it. It doubtlessly passed through Elysian Fields, as this was said to be a relay station for Spaniards and other settlers of the section." 


This same road is again described in the W.P.A. Project as: "Leading through Williams Settlement and crossing Beaver Creek at Elysian Fields, which probably received its name from Elysian Fields Road. As far as can be ascertained, this road led from Elysian Fields to New Orleans. The Old Moore Place, one mile east of Centreville, was the site of this early settlement, and it is said to have been a relay station and a trading post for the early settlers."


This road which is part of which led from Liberty to Woodville, followed what is now Cherokee Drive, which goes west by Mrs. Ollie Graves' place and east past William Winans Institute to intersect with the C. N. Gallent Road. This Road from Natchez to Liberty led on to the forks of Amite River, then navigable, where travelers could take a boat at Fort Hazard for New Orleans through Lake Pontchatrain. There was at one time a stage, or coach, that ran from Liberty to Woodville, and perhaps beyond. 


Here then, at the crossing of roads, the town that is now Centreville began to grow. 







Reference: Old Centreville 1800-1884 Handbook at Centreville's Museum