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?
- The University of Mississippi ranked #77 in the 2021 U.S. News Best Colleges
- The Mississippi’s Hometown Retirement Program has designated Oxford a Certified Retirement City.
- Oxford has been listed in the top great towns to retire to.
- TopRetirements.com – MS Active Adult Retirement Communities
- 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 as one of best places to live in Mississippi
- Oxford was voted the best downtown area in Mississippi Magazine’s Best of Mississippi 2018
- Southern Living as listed Oxford as The South’s Best Food Town
- Ole Miss has been named as one of the Top 10 Great Colleges to Work For by the Chronicle of Higher Education for several consecutive years.
- ArchitecturalDigest.com – The 50 Most Beautiful Colleges in America
- Ole Miss was recently listed in Southern Living as one of The South’s Best College Towns.
- UM Named Among Military Times’ Best Colleges for Veterans
- Ole Miss has been listed as best tailgate
- Fansided.com – Ranking the Top 10 Tailgating Spots in College Football
- 247Sports.com – 10 Best College Football Tailgate Locations for 2019
- CollegeWeekends.com – The Best of Ole Miss Tailgating at The Grove
- Ole Miss and Oxford named among the most beautiful campuses, best tailgate, and one of the best college towns.
- USA Today’s Reader’s Choice travel awards contest has named UM the nation’s most beautiful campus
- 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.
- BestCollegeReviews.com – The 100 Most Beautiful College Campuses In America
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.
- Rowan Oak has been listed in the top 17 places in Mississippi you must see before you die
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.
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.
Oxford Film Festival – Celebrating the art of independent cinema. The five day festival works to encourage filmmaking in Oxford and North Mississippi while growing understanding of cinema through screenings, workshops and educational programs.
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- Breakfast/bakeries locations: Big Bad Breakfast (BBB), Bottletree Bakery, Fill-up with Billups, First Watch
- Lunch/dinner locations: Taylor Grocery, Ajax Diner, Handy Andy BBQ, Snackbar, Oxford Grillhouse Seafood & Steaks, Boure, Soulshine Pizza, City Grocery, Saint Leo, South Depot Taco Shop, Ravine, McEwens
- Favorite dessert locations: Ya Ya’s Frozen Yogurt, Crave Oxford
*Big Bad Breakfast and Ajax have been listed in the top 10 restaurants you need to try in Mississippi
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.
The Oxford Eagle – local newspaper serving Oxford, Lafayette County and The University of Mississippi
Invitation Oxford – Oxford’s premier community lifestyle magazine. Covering a variety of events, news and so much more.