Our Community

Welcome to Collins, Mississippi!

The City of Collins' history stretches back to 1826 when the Mississippi Legislature established "Williamsburg" as a permanent seat of justice for Covington County.  Williamsburg, about two miles from the present site of Collins, was the town's predecessor.  Williamsburg was incorporated in 1808 when sawmills were the big industry.

In 1899 the Gulf and Ship Island railroad was laid out and missed the town of Williamsburg.  The sawmills moved near the present site of Collins to take advantage of the railroad, so the town moved along with the mills.  Population increased to over 2000 persons by 1906 and the town leaders petitioned Governor James K. Vardaman to officially change the town's name of Williamsburg Depot. "Collins" was then named in honor of Meridian native Fred W. Collins, a Republican U.S. Marchal for the Southern District of Mississippi. Collins also became the county seat of Covington County at that time.


Grand Paradise Waterpark
Okatoma Golf Club
Okatoma Outdoor Post & Canoe Rental

Local Schools

Hopewell Elementary School
Carver Middle School
Collins High School

Regional Schools

Jones County Junior College
The University of Southern Mississippi
William Carey University
Pearl River Community College
Jackson State University

Additional Links

City of Collins, MS
Covington County, MS Chamber of Commerce
Where to Eat

Local Real Estate