Located on the beautiful Natchez Trace Parkway in the center of Mississippi, Kosciusko was once a camp site for those who made the long journey north from Natchez to Nashville. Kosciusko, first known as Red Bud Springs, saw the Indian, the explorer and the hunter, followed by the Kentucky boatman, circuit riding preachers, soldiers, agents of the government, and settlers… all who traveled the Natchez Trace.
A blacksmith shop and tavern were the first business establishments. The first state senator to represent the county when it was organized in 1833 suggested the name of Attala, a legendary Indian Princess, and in due time the county seat was established. The Board of Police of the settlement toyed with half a dozen names in its early history before it finally and permanently settled on the great Polish patriot.
The honor of naming the settlement was given to William D. Dodd, who served as the first representative of Attala County in the State Legislature. Dodd’s grandfather served in the Revolutionary War with Tadeusz Kosciuszko under Nathaniel Green and Dodd had inherited his grandfather’s intense admiration for the Polish hero. He suggested “Kosciusko” to the Legislature, inadvertently omitting the “z” and thus, it was so named.
Time does not cease… change does not end…and so the story of Kosciusko grows from the primitive to the progressive community that approximately 7,000 people call home. Recognized as the metropolis of central Mississippi, and, owing to the culture and prominence of so many of her citizens during the history of the town, Kosciusko is recognized as the ‘Athens of the State of Mississippi.’ Few towns, old or young, big or little, has furnished so many distinguished men – in law, politics, science and theology – as Kosciusko. A history of her illustrious mend would make a book itself. Kosciusko is now known as “The Beehive of the Hills” and” The Capital of Central Mississippi.”
Kosciusko is famous for its friendly people and is the scene of the annual Natchez Trace Festival, Fun Jam, Central Mississippi Fair and other cooperative community affairs. View Kosciusko’s Town Gallery.