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Rowan Oak

Address: Oxford, MS
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Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Memphis, Tennessee
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

A day visit to Oxford, MS, should include a quick stop by Faulkner's former home for a self-guided tour. A pity it was winter and the gardens weren't in bloom, but the furnished house is interesting and the family photos, mementos and descriptive placards make it an interesting place to visit.

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Malvern, Pennsylvania
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62 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

I have wanted to visit Rowan Oak for years and years; finally today I made it! It was everything I hoped it would be. You could sense the "genteel poverty" Faulkner wrote about. There were the trappings of wealth amidst a place that I'm sure needed repair in Faulkner's time and still does, I loved the room with his outline... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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63 reviews 63 reviews
20 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We're so glad we stopped by William Faulkner's home early in the a.m., even though it wasn't officially open yet. He lived here with his wife and adopted children from 1930 to his death in 1962. The house, built in 1848, is a kind of a poor man's antebellum mansion in a beautiful wooded property adjacent to Ole Miss. If... More 

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Tupelo
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93 reviews 93 reviews
26 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

This is a unique opportunity to walk the grounds and tour the house of a literary legend. The tours are lead by knowledgable staff members who are more than happy to answer your questions. After your tour, head to the square to pick up some Faulker works and other local authors.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I had read some of Faulkner's works in high school and it was neat to see his house when in Oxford for the Auburn/Ole Miss game. It has a neat wooded trail that leads back to it. It reminded me of other southern homes I had visited before and gave some good context to Faulkner's life and was well worth... More 

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Oxford, Mississippi
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156 reviews 156 reviews
37 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The grounds are spectacular in a restrained way. The house is a two story structure with not too many rooms. Simply furnished with a replica of the original wallpaper. One room contains Faulkner's writing on the wall containing some verses from his book. The property also has the author's barn and caretaker's cabin. The entire property is within Oxford City... More 

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Abingdon, Virginia, United States
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

After seeing the home, you will want to go back and read Faulkner again. The setting of the home was beautiful, but a little hard to find. It could be marked better.

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Mississippi
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56 reviews 56 reviews
26 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The grounds of Rowan Oak are at least part of the attraction. Majestic trees are everywhere. The house is well preserved with great artifacts of the life of William Faulkner. Don't go to Oxford and miss seeing this.

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Central Florida, Florida
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138 reviews 138 reviews
39 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Everything in the house is authentic, including the books in the book shelves. I even used William Faulkner's actual bathroom. This is a fascinating look at one of America's most famous authors. You can look at each room from the doorway and the handout gives you a description of the room and how it was used The entrance fee was... More 

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Oxford, Mississippi
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Though born and raised in Oxford I still learn something curious when I take a visitor to Rowan Oak. It's a beautiful setting in the middle of town and the University. Take time to walk the grounds and take the trail between the home and the University through the Bailey's Woods. The home is a simple traditional North Mississippi structure... More 

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