Looking Back, Moving Forward

Sonia Thompson

We comb through dozens, if not hundreds, of images Splinter Creek images on a regular basis. In those pictures, it's easy to see the property's evolution.

Sometimes it feels like going from pulling old shoeboxes filled with snapshots out of the attic to then seeing a photo of yesterday on our smartphone. Of course the land has always been here, but the evolution of the this land, at least what we know about it, is remarkable.

In the 1700s, the land that is now Splinter Creek was owned by an American Indian named Ish Tap Ha, who was likely a member of the Chickasaw tribe.

In the early days of the Mississippi Territory, Peddler's Field Crossing -- the main artery that still runs through the property today -- was used by peddlers traveling in wagons and selling their wares. The town of Splinter, Mississippi, was created in 1848, by pioneer settlers who purchased the land from Ish Tap Ha.

Much later, Splinter Creek’s owners originally purchased the property as a timber investment in the 1990s. When their first harvest unveiled the beauty and character of the land, the couple exchanged their initial plans for time spent exploring the forests and meadows of Splinter Creek, and have spent more than a decade building an intimate connection with the land.

After building their own waterfront residence, their experience led them to seek out a unique set of collaborators who could realize a greater vision to restore and enhance the property through nature and design.

In the most recent years, Splinter Creek has evolved into a community of likeminded families who want to create meaningful connections with the nature around them.

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