The closest major city, known for Graceland, Beale Street, great music, and a revitalized downtown
The South's gambling mecca featuring a dozen large casino resorts
-The birthplace of Elvis Presley
-The location of the famous Crossroads intersection of Highway 61 and 49 is known for its Delta blues and famous blues musicians
-The historic rivertown with the South's grandest collection of antebellum homes
city in Washington County, Mississippi, United States
city in Mississippi, United States
Oxford is the home of the University of Mississippi, affectionately known as "Ole Miss," and is in Lafayette County. It also served as the inspiration for Nobel Prize winner William Faulkner's fictional Jefferson (Lafayette County being Yoknapatawpha), the locale of many of his novels. Oxonians and University members like to describe the town with the motto "We may not win every game, but we never lose a party." Locals also, "partially" jokingly, refer to the Square as the "Center of the Universe." Many residents see Oxford as a small town New Orleans, calling it the "Little Easy." It is widely known throughout the South for its Southern charm, Old South feel, party atmosphere, and its beautiful women, whom even Hugh Hefner called the finest in the world. Oxford is also considered a literary center with many writers calling it home. Also being home to the Ole Miss School of Law and a federal courthouse, it is often said that everyone in Oxford is a "lawyer, writer, or both." As if to prove this point, famous author John Grisham still owns a house in Oxford and visits frequently.
The Square is the center of downtown and is the main location for the town's best restaurants, shops, bars, and scenery (of the Old South architecture and gorgeous Southern belles). Chain restaurants, a Wal-Mart Supercenter, and other national retailers are located on the fringes of town. However, most locals are staunchly anti-chain. They actively protested the arrival of Applebee's and the Wal-Mart Supercenter, even voting out the old mayor because she did not do more to stop it. Therefore, to truly enjoy Oxford, you must visit the Square and eat and shop at locally-owned establishments. Otherwise, you are wasting your time visiting and are missing out if you only come for a football game. Immerse yourself in the town to see why Reader's Digest proclaimed, "If Oxford didn't exist, it would have to be invented."
As National Geographic Traveler wrote, "Sophisticated little Oxford is waiting for you."