Rowan Oak


Literary pilgrims head here to the graceful 1840s home of William Faulkner. He authored many brilliant and dense novels set in Mississippi, and his work is celebrated in Oxford with an annual conference in July. Tours of Rowan Oak – where Faulkner lived from 1930 until his death in 1962, and which may reasonably be dubbed, to use the author's own elegant words, his 'postage stamp of native soil' – are self-guided. Admission is cash only.

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Nearby Mississippi attractions

1. University of Mississippi Museum


This museum has fine and folk arts and a plethora of science-related marvels, including a microscope and electromagnet from the 19th century.