Our History

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On February 24, 1999, the Batesville Main Street Program became the state’s 28th Main Street community. Prior to applying to the state Main Street office, the concept was presented to the key leaders in our community as well as individual community members. It was our goal to become a part of the Main Street family, and with the help of our community who wrote letters of support, Batesville Main Street was born.

Currently there are 9 active members on the Main Street board. Preserving the history of our community while also helping in business recruitment for downtown Batesville is something we strive for and work with our community to implement.

Batesville began by the town moving from the river to the railroad. It was when the Mississippi and Tennessee Railroad laid tracks from Memphis to Grenada, Mississippi, directly through Batesville.

Today the same railroad runs directly through the center of our town. At one time, Amtrak passed through on these very tracks. However, it is now only commercial transport.