Kosciusko, distinguished as one of "America's 100 Best Small Towns", one of the "Top Sixty Prettiest Painted places in America" and the birthplace of Oprah Winfrey, offers much to do and see for local residents and tourists alike.
For those who like scenic driving or biking, the historic Natchez Trace provides a picture-perfect countryside year-round. Kosciusko is home to the Kosciusko Museum and Information Center, located on the Natchez Trace at Mile Marker 160. The museum features permanent and monthly exhibits of Tadeusz Kosciuszko, the man, and Kosciusko, the town. It also features brochures and tourism information about nearby Mississippi attractions.
A downtown driving and walking tour named "Towers & Turrets" takes you through historic downtown and features 28 historic homes, many listed on the National register of Historic Places. A guide and map are available at the Kosciusko-Attala Chamber of Commerce. While in downtown Kosciusko, other historic landmarks to view include the Attala County Courthouse and the Mary-Ricks Thornton Cultural Center, both National Register properties and Mississippi Landmark properties.
The library is home to the Attala County Library and the Mid-Mississippi Regional Library. Available there is a special collection of Polish books and books about Tadeusz Kosciuszko. It also houses one of the states largest genealogy collections, which draws researchers from all over the country.
A tour of the City Cemetery is true delight for the history buff. Graves from the early 1800's provide a glimpse into local history. Be sure to see the statue of Laura Kelly while you are there and hear the interesting story attached to it from local historians!
Oprah Winfrey is Kosciusko and Attala County's most celebrated native-born celebrity. Buffalo Road, now named Oprah Winfrey Road, makes a loop off Hwy. 12 and passes Miss Winfrey's first church, the Buffalo Community Center, her family cemetery and the site of her birthplace.
There are plenty of things to do in Kosciusko and the surrounding area. Kosciusko's close proximity to Jackson and Memphis offers additional opportunities for day trips to participate in cultural events, view special exhibits, and enjoy zoos, museums, and concerts.
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