Dinsmor is a planned 326 acre residential community comprised of 485 homes in ten distinct neighborhoods [or villages] ranging from luxury townhouses to large home sites. Its north entrance is located off Old Agency Parkway in Ridgeland, Mississippi. This award winning community was developed in 1988 by Mark S. Jordan Companies of Ridgeland, MS. Dinsmor is tucked away in a wooded area bordered by the Natchez Trace Parkway on the north – the longest running National Park in the United States. This park land cannot be touched and ensures the area north of Dinsmor will remain undeveloped. On the east Dinsmor is buffered from development along Highland Colony Parkway by a fully developed residential community and is buffered on the west by another fully developed community. The south entrance of Dinsmor is located along the southern path of the Highland Colony Parkway – an area already developed by businesses. One of the city’s fire stations is also located just outside this south entrance providing fire and emergency medical services within minutes of Dinsmor homes.
Dinsmor shares a link to the Natchez Trace Parkway and the colorful history of the area. Dinsmor takes its name from Silas Dinsmore, (September 26, 1766 – June 17, 1847) who was an appointed U. S. Agent to the Cherokee (1794–1798) and to the Choctaw (1801–1813) Indian Nations. He was the government agent at the nearby Indian Agency now an historical landmark on the Natchez Trace Parkway just a few hundred feet from the north entrance of Dinsmor. This Agency served as the “jumping off place” for traders and trappers moving into the unsettled Indian Nations in the early 1800’s and was the site of a famous confrontation between then President Andrew Jackson and Silas Dinsmore. Reportedly President Andrew Jackson arrived at the Indian Agency wanting to enter. However, under treaty with the Indian Nations an approved pass was needed to enter the lands still belonging to the Indian Nations. When Silas Dinsmore refused to allow the President to enter, President Jackson became enraged and reportedly ordered military personnel traveling with him to arrest Silas Dinsmore and hang him. The soldiers may have hesitated some giving Silas Dinsmore time to learn of the order and flee for his life. President Jackson supposedly calmed down later and told the soldiers that it wasn’t necessary to hang Dinsmore. Silas Dinsmore later served as a surveyor in Alabama before eventually retiring to Boone County, Kentucky, where he is buried at the Dinsmore Homestead.