Nash Street Historic District
The Nash Street Historic District is the oldest and most well-preserved subdivision in the Starkville area. The district contains 13 buildings that contribute to the historical significance of the area. Comprised of 1930s Great Depression Era homes, the district is a representation of Starkville's growth from an agricultural center to a university town. Located 15 minutes from Mississippi State University, the district gives a unique look at Starkville's past and the rich history it holds.
Backstory and Context
The district is also part of the College View Neighborhood, an area containing houses that have historically served as residences for professors and staff from Mississippi State University. The houses within College View Neighborhood are slightly newer than those on Nash Street, constructed primarily during the 1940s and 1950s. Both the Nash Street Historic District and the College View Neighborhood are a 15 minute walk from the Mississippi State University Campus, making the neighborhoods easily accessible. The College View Neighborhood is also known for containing many old trees ranging from 50 to 80 years old. Forty of these trees rest within the Nash Street Historic District itself, adding to the area's appeal and history.
The Nash Street Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places today because of its significance in Starkville's history. Because the district is the city's oldest and most well-preserved subdivision, it represents the cultural change in Starkville that was occurring around the time of its creation. During the time period, Starkville was transforming from a trading center focused on agriculture to a city that focused on modern development and the university it held that was growing substantially. This change, largely the result of the growth of Mississippi A&M College, can be seen in the architecture of the buildings on Nash Street, making the area a picture of Starkville's growth and development.
2. National Register of Historic Places Registration Form. MDAH. Accessed August 08, 2019. https://www.apps.mdah.ms.gov/nom/dist/127.pdf.
3. HISTORIC SITES & BUILDINGS. Starkville. Accessed August 08, 2019. https://www.starkville.org/visit/things-to-do/historic-sites-events/.