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“American through and through” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Rowan Oak

Rowan Oak
Oxford, MS
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Ranked #3 of 10 Attractions in Oxford
Type: Historic Sites, Outdoors
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“American through and through”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

A great look into the life of one of the greatest American literary minds. Highly recommend it to anyone interested in American writing, or southern culture, this place is a must.

Visited December 2012
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Lewisburg, West Virginia
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“Enjoyable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

Rowan Oak was the chief reason we visited Oxford. All the rooms were accessible for viewing. Although there aren't tours, student docents were available for questions. We left with a better understanding of how Faulkner lived and worked. A nice addition would have been a film about Faulkner and Oxford. After leaving Oxford, we were told we should have visited the cemetery where he is buried.

Visited December 2012
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Jasper, Alabama
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“William Faulkner's home”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

nice tour of this place...self guided...a little hard to find....park in the woods....cheap....only $5. Interesting. There are stairs to climb....did not see an elevator and the flooring is uneven.

Visited November 2012
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Columbia, Tennessee
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“Great House to Visit !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

We loved the house and grounds here. This is wonderfully preserved and the information about Faulkner is well done.

Visited November 2012
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Middle Tennessee
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“Largest Stand of Cedar Trees Around”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

We took a day trip to Oxford and stopped and toured the home of William Faulkner, Nobel Prize recipient for literature. There isn't much parking but we found a spot. The way to the house is lined with many very large eastern red cedar trees. The guide tells us that they are not native to the area but were planted after a yellow fever epidemic to help clean the air. Now they are very tall. That was a pleasant entry. I suspect they are fragrant in the spring and summer. We let ourselves in the door and we got a friendly greeting from the hostess paid our $5 each and got an informative broschure. The tour is self-guided. Each room has an explanation written on the outside of it. Any fan of the author would surely enjoy this a lot. I only gave it 3/5 since I have yet to become a fan of Faulkner, but after the visit would like to read one of his books. You do get a feeling that you know the man, after going through his house. All the rooms except the kitchen can be seen from the inside. You have to walk around back to see in the kitchen door. We visited on a sunny warm (79 degrees) early November day and enjoyed the grounds outside as well. The house is owned by the University of Mississippi now but the contents still belong to the Faulkner family. We walked the square first and stopped at the little cabin visitor's center and picked up a map of attractions which made it easy to find the house. You would think they might sell a copy of one of his books there for those that might be interested. This attraction is not commercialized at all.

Visited November 2012
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