The first recorded European explorer travels the Natchez Trace in its entirety - an unnamed Frenchman who wrote of the trail and its "miserable conditions."
Frenchman Louis Lefleur establishes a trading post and inn on Natchez Trace. The Choctaw natives and others in the area call it "The Frenchman's Camp." Later the name is shortened to French Camp.
The Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek is signed, and the last remaining Choctaw land becomes part of the United States. The town of French Camp is located in this treaty area.
A group of Presbyterian missionaries establishes a school for the girls at French Camp - the Mississippi Institute for Girls. A boys' school is started later that year, French Camp Academy.
Fire destroys the girls' institute, and the schools were combined under the name French Camp Academy.
French Camp Academy becomes an interdenominational school, by decision of the board of directors.
Camp of the Rising Son, a residential summer camp, is established
Radio Station WFCA, on the campus of French Camp, goes on the air. Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium opens.
French Camp Academy today has grown to include a full slate of extracurricular activities, including team sports, an equine program, choral music, arts, and theater. The campus features pool and lake swimming facilities, a nationally recognized observatory, and a 100,000 Watt FM radio station.