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Walt's Look Around: Great Wall of Mississippi

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It was a new one on me when I first heard about it, but evidently the Brandywine Wall, or the Great Wall of Mississippi was once believed to have been built by a lost civilization. See what you think.

Stacey Saucier and his brother recently added to their Copiah County hunting land with an additional 600 acres about a mile north of the Lincoln County line. As they were exploring their new acquisition, looking for hot spots, they ran across an outcropping of limestone.

This particular spot runs about 75 yards along the bank of a creek bottom. And as Stacey brought it up in conversation with a friend, the dim memory of a long ago legend was recalled.

"A friend mentioned that there was a limestone wall in Claiborne County," said Stacey.

A couple of clicks on Google revealed a newspaper article from the New York Times from 1900 quoting the New Orleans Picayune talking about the Great Wall of Mississippi, or the Brandywine Wall. The article said it was believed the Brandywine Wall was built by some ancient superior civilization, long forgotten.

It also said the wall took its name from nearby Brandywine Creek that flows into Copiah County from extreme southeast Claiborne County, and the wall was near this creek. So I went to where my map said the Brandywine Community was. And all that’s left of it is the old Brandywine Methodist Church. And I saw no signs of a huge rock wall.

There are places where there is a rock bottom to Brandywine Creek, creating some little waterfalls. But no wall.

As I was driving back toward Pleasant Hill, on a road that parallels the creek, suddenly, I saw a yard full of rocks. Big rocks. Jeff Leonard says he spent his childhood breaking and hauling these rocks up from a huge deposit out behind his house, along Brandywine Creek, for his dad.

"My daddy told me that as far as you dig these rocks back, the more that, there’s rocks," said Jeff.

Devoid of any soil on top, the bed of rock would be flat and resemble a stone road or wall. I’m sure I wasn’t at “the” spot the old geologist thought might have been man-made, but I’m pretty sure it was this same rock outcropping they had seen elsewhere. And it is, of course, entirely natural; which is why you don’t hear a lot about the Brandywine Wall anymore, I guess; except in ancient, forgotten lore.

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