Safety is top priority for locals and visitors in Oxford, Mississippi. There are still ways to enjoy this quaint Southern town while practicing proper social distancing and following local safety ordinances. From scenic outdoor destinations to cultural and historical landmarks, as well as world class dining and shopping, read on to discover how you can visit Oxford safely.
Take a walking tour of some of Oxford’s historic homes and buildings, including dozens that are listed on the National Register. Oxford boasts three National Historic Landmarks: the LQC Lamar House, Rowan Oak and Ammadelle. Additionally, Oxford has three buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places: the Lafayette County Courthouse, the Isom House and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Download a digital copy of our Walking Tour guide to stroll the streets and view these beautiful and historic buildings yourself!
Park at the University Museum and take a stroll on this wooded trail to Rowan Oak, known as “Bailey Woods.” Deemed a National Historic Trail, Bailey Woods is roughly one-mile long and takes about 20 minutes to walk one-way. The trail is a heavily wooded area that William Faulkner was known to walk through and is currently a popular spot for hikers, local classes, families and pets.
While the historic home of William Faulkner is not currently open for tours, you can walk the grounds and see much of the history that lies within. In addition to the main house, you can see the detached kitchen/smokehouse, the original stable and barn, take a stroll around the beautiful English Knot Garden, take selfies on the infamous Cedar walkway and view other parts of the hallowed grounds.
Did you know that Oxford was named Mississippi Magazine’s Best Downtown Area? The historic Downtown Square area hosts dozens of locally owned retail shops including furniture, fine clothing, custom framing and some of the most unique gift shops around! Be sure to check out Neilson’s Department Store, touted as the South’s oldest store which was opened in 1839.
Oxford is a culinary destination unlike any other, and whether you’re a discerning foodie or one who simply loves a good meal, We Are Your Type. While we have achieved national acclaim for our dining scene, our local flavor is still the main ingredient–meaning that no matter where you choose to enjoy a meal, it’s sure to hit the spot. Many of our beloved restaurants have opened their dining rooms, while others are still offering curbside meals to enjoy as a picnic, in the comfort of your hotel room or on the way back home!