Kosciusko was founded in 1833 and is filled with history. From the original Natchez Trace winding through the center of town, to the beautiful and majestic Attala County Courthouse.
Built in the late 1800’s, the majestic Attala County Courthouse sits in the heart of downtown Kosciusko and is available for exterior and interior tour and photos. The courthouse is the 3rd built in the town after fire destroyed the former facilities. The courthouse rests where General Andrew Jackson camped while traveling to the Battle of New Orleans. Steeped in history, the Attala County Courthouse is a must see for all travelers visiting Kosciusko.
Kosciusko is located at Mile Marker 160 along the 444 mile track of Natchez Trace Parkway. Travelers will find the Kosciusko Information Center filled with artifacts from the area for questions and interest. Information about the trace is available for north and south travel. Lodging is only a short distance from the center. Visitor’s can rest and even camp on the grounds. There is plenty of room for RVs to enter and exit the center.
The statue of Mrs. Laura Kelly, located in the City Cemetery on S Huntington Street, is the subject of many stories and superstitions. According to local historians, Mrs. Laura V. Kelly died in 1890 at the age of 38. Following her death, the statue was made in Italy after her husband, Mr. C. Clay Kelly, sent an Italian sculptor a picture of his late wife in her wedding dress. Legend also says that Mr. Kelly added an extra story to his house so that he could see the monument from the top floor. That house is located at 309 E Jefferson street. Mrs. Kelly’s great-grandaughter, Laura Ann Hooff Kline, recently published “The Lady of the Cemetary,” a book that contains family history and other stories about the statue and legend.
Oprah Winfrey, (born January 29, 1954, Kosciusko, Mississippi, U.S.), American television personality, actress, and entrepreneur whose syndicated daily talk show was among the most popular of the genre. She became one of the richest and most influential women in the United States.
Winfrey moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at age six to live with her mother. In her early teens she was sent to Nashville to live with her father, who proved to be a positive influence in her life. At age 19 Winfrey became a news anchor for the local CBS television station. Following her graduation from Tennessee State University in 1976, she was made a reporter and coanchor for the ABC news affiliatein Baltimore, Maryland. She found herself constrained by the objectivity required of news reporting, and in 1977 she became cohost of the Baltimore morning show People Are Talking.
You can find where Oprah sang for the first time in church on Highway 12 East just outside of Kosciusko.