{oxford} faulkner’s rowan oak

April 18, 2016

A lot of literary bluffs visit Oxford, Mississippi for the sole purpose of getting a glimpse of Rowan Oak, William Faulkner’s residence for over 40 years. Built in 1844, Rowan Oak is a 29-acre property located close to Oxford Square. When I first heard the name Rowan Oak, I thought I was hearing Roanoke (like the City in Virginia). In fact, Rowan Oak is named after the rowan tree. Faulkner named his property this in 1931 to represent security and peace (according to Rowan Oak’s website). He and his family lived there until his death in 1962 and then within a decade, Faulkner’s daughter sold the property to the University of Mississippi to preserve.

Now, Faulkner lovers from all over can visit the property for free and the house itself for $5. During our time in Oxford, we decided to do the first because I feel like most old houses end up pretty similar inside. It was nice to be able to read the self-guided tour of the property though and learn about Faulkner’s horse and the different things on the property that have influenced his works.

Read about our other Mississippi adventures here: historic homescoffee’s high pointtown squareold venice-style eatsfaulkner’s frequented alley

A rowan-filled photo adventure:







One Response to “{oxford} faulkner’s rowan oak”

  1. annalice said

    i saw a house in the south that looked similar with the trees lining the path haha

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