Raymond, one of the two county seats of Hinds County (along with Jackson), is located fifteen miles south of Jackson and two miles east of the Natchez Trace Parkway.
Construction of a courthouse was begun at the center of the town square in 1857 and completed in 1859. The courthouse is considered by many to be a prime example of southern Greek Revival architecture.
The Battle of Raymond was fought by Confederate and Union soldiers near Raymond on May 12, 1863 as part of General Ulysses S. Grant's Vicksburg Campaign during the American Civil War. General Grant stayed at Waverly, the plantation of by John B. Peyton, and Union soldiers used St. Mark's Episcopal Church as a hospital. Blood stains can still be seen on the church's floor today.
Construction of a water tower was begun in 1903 in the center of the town square and it remains a key identifying structure of Raymond along with the courthouse. A small agricultural high school was opened in 1917 which eventually became Hinds Community College, a prominent community college in Mississippi.
As of the 2000 census, the city population was 1,664.