The Mississippi city is full of Southern food and literary history, but the college town charm is just the tip of the Iceberg.
Oxford, Mississippi was founded in 1837, by settlers from Lafayette County who had high hopes for this small town. Its namesake comes from the beloved site in England, with the settlers hoping the name would help land the state’s first public university. The legislature granted the wish a few years later and Oxford, along with the University of Mississippi, began to build a unique dynamic community.
You can’t go anywhere in Oxford without noticing the town’s abiding love for the University of Mississippi, or Ole Miss as most call it. The University of Mississippi, or Ole Miss as it is commonly called, extends the town’s charm with its beautiful campus and cultural offerings. For example the library has the Hall of Mississippi Writers along with an extensive collection of recordings and archives of blues. Add a thriving student population and beloved traditions—such as spending football Saturdays in a tree-shaded area known as The Grove—and it’s clear this college town has many stories to tell.
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