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Named for the town in South Carolina where many of its early settlers came from, the town of Abbeville is in Lafayette County, Mississippi. Reportedly, the early settlers came to the area in the early 1800s and lived in peace with the Chickasaw Indians, who were native to the area, and whose chief, Toby Tubby, owned and operated a ferry across the Memphis-Oxford trade route. A post office was established there in 1843. Abbeville was almost completely destroyed during the Vicksburg Campaign of the American Civil War. Abbeville is north of Oxford, southeast of Laws Hill, southwest of Bethlehem, and northwest of Keel. The Holly Springs National Forest abuts the town on the east, and Sardis Lake on the west. Memphis, Tennessee is about sixty-five miles northwest, and Tupelo, Mississippi is about the same distance to the southeast.



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