Poinsett County turns 175 years old this year, and events are being planned throughout the year to celebrate the anniversary.
"We want to have a kick-off program on Feb. 28 to bring attention to the 175th anniversary," said County Judge Charles Nix. The program will feature music, a display of historical photographs, and a living history presentation.
"Poinsett County is named after Joel Roberts Poinsett," Nix said. "The gentleman doing the living history program will portray him. Even though the county is named after Joel Poinsett, he never visited in his lifetime, so this year you'll see him visit."
Joel Roberts Poinsett was a statesman, scientist, and botanist. He served as President Martin Van Buren's secretary of war from 1837-1841. He also served as the first United States minister to Mexico, where he found the flower which became known in the U.S. as the poinsettia.
The kick-off event will be held at the Harrisburg Fine Arts Center at 10 a.m. Feb. 28.
Nix said more events to take place throughout the year are being planned. More details will follow as events are scheduled.
Poinsett County was established on Feb. 28, 1838.