Just 2 blocks from the court square, this home is located on the original Natchez Trace traversed by the Choctaw Indians, early settlers and Old Hickory, himself, General Andrew Jackson. He and the Tennessee Volunteers rested and watered their horses at an adjacent natural spring (about 100 feet due north of this property) following their resounding victory at the Battle of New Orleans.
The 1837 structure on the site was home to Confederate war veteran, William Jesse Taylor Hammond, who survived to establish several businesses vital to the community including the Kosciusko Ice and Coal Company in 1896. This business was erected over the natural spring, just mentioned, as it supplied water in the manufacture of ice. The process of freezing the water into 300 pound blocks of ice prior to electricity is explained in the home where old pictures and artifacts from the Kosciusko Ice and Coal Company are displayed.
There is a lovely entrance portico. Just inside are three beautifully appointed guest rooms. The Mahala Ford Room, with a queen-sized bed, and the Garrigues Room, with a pair of twin beds, can be reserved (by phone) as a suite. For those making online reservations, the Mahala Ford and Garrigues rooms can only be reserved as two independent guest rooms. Also, there is the bright Mary Potts Room with four large windows and a pair of twin beds. Full, private bathrooms are located just down the hall. Guests are invited to browse the historic information and artifacts located downstairs. Also, you are welcome to use the kitchen, breakfast room, meeting room, laundry, and indoor bike storage room with bike racks. A full breakfast, served to order, is provided in the home’s breakfast room.