Oxford is the county seat of Lafayette County in Mississippi. The city was named after Oxford, the British university city in the hopes of having the state university here. Indeed, the University of Mississippi was founded here in 1848. The city is nicknamed "Tyler Town," "The Oak," and "Cultural Mecca of the South." Why not explore the city and discover everything it has to offer with a charter bus in Oxford, Mississippi.
Get on a charter bus in Oxford, Mississippi, and visit the University Museum on the main campus of the University of Mississippi. The University Museum is made up of the Mary Buie Museum, the Kate Skipwith Teaching Museum, the Lib Fortune Gallery, and the Seymour Lawrence Gallery of American Art. These museums house impressive permanent collections, including the Millington-Barnard Collection of 19th-century scientific instruments, the Robinson collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, the personal collections of Mary Buie and Kate Skipwith, as well as an extensive collection of the works of native Oxonian folk artist Theora Hamblett. What's more, the University Museums host 8 to 10 temporary exhibits each year, in conjunction with university departments and the local community.
Other art galleries in the city include Southside Gallery, Gallery 130 at Meek Hall, the Powerhouse Community Arts Center, Taylor Arts, and Oxford Treehouse Gallery.
Also located on the University of Mississippi campus is the J.D. Williams Library - Blues Archive, which houses the world's most extensive collection of blues recordings. The archive is mainly composed of three major collections, including the B.B. King Collection, which has over 7,000 recordings that range from classic blues to jazz, as well as films, photos, and promotional materials.
There's also the Burns-Belfry Museum, an old Burns Methodist Episcopal Church built in 1910 that serves as an exhibit space for African American history. You may also want to check out the Center for the Study of Southern Culture.
You should also check out The Lyric, Oxford's largest music venue, with a capacity of almost 1,200. It was originally built in the late 1800s, became a livery stable in the early part of the 20th century before becoming Oxford's first motion picture theater Lyric in the 1920s. After extensive restoration, the Lyric reopened as a live music venue and is also used occasionally for film and live drama.
You may also want to check out the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, The 88,000 square foot, multi-event hall that serves as the University's performing arts venue.
Learn more about the city's past by touring the Oxford Courthouse Square Historic District, a national historic district and courthouse square considered to be the geographic and cultural center of the city. It is where you can find the Lafayette County Courthouse, which is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as old buildings, and a wide array of restaurants, stores, boutiques, and professional offices.
Other national historic districts where you can find a concentration of historic structures are Lyceum-The Circle Historic District, North Lamar Historic District, and South Lamar Historic District.
The register has also listed these other historic sites:
You may also want to visit Saint Peter's Cemetery, which is the final resting of many of Oxford's most prominent citizens, including novelist William Faulkner.
If you want to tee off, you can go to the 18-hole Ole Miss Golf Course, the 9-hole The Links Oxford, and the 18-hole Country Club of Oxford.
For other sports, you can check out the soccer/Softball Complex, which contains two lighted softball fields, two lighted soccer and football fields, a pavilion, and a playground.
The city has many parks where you can enjoy a variety of amenities, like playgrounds, ball fields, picnic areas, trails, tennis courts, basketball courts, gardens, and open green spaces. Some of the parks you can check out are: