About Oxford

Oxford Mississippi is an amazing place to live.  A classic southern town, with Greek revival architecture surrounded by the natural beauty of Northern Mississippi.  In Oxford and the surrounding communities, there is an active music scene, theater, and arts with an innovative food culture as well.   The University of Mississippi also celebrates athletics with many opportunities to watch and participate in sports, and hosts amongst the best tailgating parties in the world.  With everything that Oxford has to offer, it is no wonder that this town has frequently been named to many national and statewide top ten lists for the best place to be.

Why you should visit or live in Oxford?

  • Oxford’s 15 Most Instagrammable Spots. The University of Mississippi is listed as #4.
  • Ole Miss was recently listed in Southern Living as one of The South’s Most Beautiful Colleges.
  • Ole Miss and Oxford named among the most beautiful campuses, best tailgate, and 2nd best college town. Click here to read the article dated 10/6/2016.
    • USA Today’s Reader’s Choice travel awards contest has named UM the nation’s most beautiful campus
    • Thrillist named the university on its unranked list of the 20 most beautiful public college campuses.
    • The NCAA recognized Ole Miss’ tailgating environment as the nation’s best.
    • FanSided, which is run by Sports Illustrated and owned by Time Inc., named Oxford the second-best college town in the nation.
  • Ole Miss was recently named for the 3rd consecutive year as one of the Top 10 Great Colleges to Work For by the Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Oxford has been listed in the 10 best/coolest college towns
  • Oxford has been listed in the top 10 of the best small towns
  • Oxford has been listed in the top 10 places to live in Mississippi
  • Oxford has been listed in the top 10 great college towns to retire to.
  • Oxford was voted the best downtown area in Mississippi Magazine’s Best of Mississippi 2016
  • Ole Miss has been listed in the top 10 best tailgates in college football
  • Rowan Oak has been listed in the top 17 places in Mississippi you must see before you die

     

Attractions:

L.Q.C. Lamar House Museum – In the 1870s, it was home to Lucius Lamar while he reflected on Confederate defeat and resolved to work for reconciliation between North and South. As Oxford, Mississippi rose from the ashes, Lamar prepared to become a statesman in this house. Later, the house was Senator Lamar’s retreat from the demands of his career in Washington, D.C. Today the house’s professionally designed exhibits tell the compelling story of this Civil War-era politician against the backdrop of those turbulent times.

Rowan Oak – Built by Robert Sheegog in 1848, Rowan Oak became home to Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner in 1930.  Faulkner christened the house “Rowan Oak” after the legend of the Rowan tree, believed by Celtic people to harbor magic powers of safety and protection.  While residing there with his family, he wrote such masterpieces as As I Lay Dying, Absalom, Absalom!, Light in August, and A Fable.  Rowan Oak remained home to Faulkner until his death in 1962. The house is now owned by the University and maintained for memorial and educational purposes.

University Museum – Located on the main campus of the University of Mississippi, the University Museums comprise the Mary Buie Museum (1939), the adjoining Kate Skipwith Teaching Museum (1977), the Seymour Lawrence Gallery of American Art (1998), and the Lib Fortune Gallery (1998).

Blues Trail – Lafayette County’s blues history has encompassed a wide range of activity by scholars, promoters, record companies, and musicians.

The Square – The square is home to a variety of shops and elegant boutiques including the south’s oldest department store.

St. Peter’s Cemetary – Saint Peter’s is the final resting place for novelist William Faulkner.

Cedar Oaks – Built in 1859 by William Turner, Cedar Oaks is a Greek revival structure that has survived a tumultuous past.

Confederate Cemetary – Here lies Confederate soldiers who died after the battle of Shiloh in 1862.

Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts – Serving the University’s performing arts needs and its commitment to cultural enrichment and outreach service.

The Powerhouse – A community arts center featuring a 140 seat performing arts room, exhibit and classroom space, and Yoknapatawpha Arts Council office.

Double Decker Festival – Originally inspired by the Double Decker bus that Oxford imported from England in 1994, the festival features nearly two hundred art and food vendors while a generous mix of both local and touring musicians take to the stage.

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Food:

Oxford offers a variety of food/beverage choices. Fore more restaurant information click here.

*Big Bad Breakfast and Ajax have been listed in the top 10 restaurants you need to try in Mississippi

Best of Mississippi 2016

  • Best Hamburger – Mugshots
  • Best Sweet Tea – McAlister’s
  • Best Cornbread – Ajax Diner
  • Best Deli – Newk’s Eatery

Other:

Square Books – Square Books is a general independent bookstore in three separate buildings (Square Books, Off Square Books, and Square Books Jr.) on the historic town square of Oxford, Mississippi, home of the University of Mississippi and many great writers, including William Faulkner, Barry Hannah, Larry Brown, and, for a time, both Willie Morris and John Grisham. Square Books hosts the popular Thacker Mountain radio show and over 150 author events a year.

Best of Oxford – View the winners voted by the public for the Best of Oxford. Some of the categories include eating and drinking, entertainment, places, shopping and services.

The Oxford Eagle – local newspaper serving Oxford, Lafayette County and The University of Mississippi