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Walt's Look Around: Cotesworth

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George's old family home, Cotesworth, is out from North Carrollton a ways  Source: WLBT George's old family home, Cotesworth, is out from North Carrollton a ways Source: WLBT
As interesting as the house is, I find the architecture of Senator George's law library building on the grounds even more fascinating. It is a small hexagon building with lots of ornate wood trim on the outside. Source: WLBT As interesting as the house is, I find the architecture of Senator George's law library building on the grounds even more fascinating. It is a small hexagon building with lots of ornate wood trim on the outside. Source: WLBT
I can't wait for them to get the house up and organized and open for tours on the Carrollton Pilgrimage. Source: WLBT I can't wait for them to get the house up and organized and open for tours on the Carrollton Pilgrimage. Source: WLBT
CARROLL COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

I suppose everywhere has hidden treasures and Mississippi is no exception. It is exciting to find those treasures, but it's even more fun when they become accessible, and that is what is about to happen just outside North Carrollton.  

There are only three incorporated towns in Carroll County, and not even one red light. Vaiden is one of those towns in the eastern part of the county, on highway 51 and the railroad.

And then in the western part there is Carrollton, with its ancient courthouse and movie-set–looking town square.  

And then right across Big Sand Creek is North Carrollton. Carrollton and North Carrollton were never twins. Carrollton is more refined and polite. North Carrollton sort of grew up on the tracks and was always more rowdy. They've about equalized nowadays.  

JZ George School is in North Carrollton, named for one of Mississippi's notable statesman of the 18th century. George's old family home, Cotesworth, is out from North Carrollton a ways, too. You may be familiar with it.

A lot of the movie "The Help" was shot at Cotesworth.  

Among other things, Senator George's most lasting legacy to Mississippi is our present 1890 constitution. He wrote a good bit of it. And a lot of what he wrote he penned here at his home, Cotesworth.  

But now he has left us something else. Well, I guess more correctly, his descendents have left us something else, the home Cotesworth itself, being converted into a cultural center.  

As interesting as the house is, I find the architecture of Senator George's law library building on the grounds even more fascinating. It is a small hexagon building with lots of ornate wood trim on the outside.

And inside, where each of the six walls intersects, a tall, double-sided bookshelf protrudes into the middle of the room.  

Dr. Bernard Taylor is a Carroll County educator. He sees a lot of potential for Cotesworth.  

"The Cotesworth Center will probably one day be as much of an attraction in Carroll County and Mississippi as Monticello is in Virginia, said Dr. Taylor.

Well, I can't wait for them to get the house up and organized and open for tours on the Carrollton Pilgrimage. It's an interesting and historic place to visit and so easy to get to quickly, what with there being no red lights to slow you down once you hit Carroll County.

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