Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County was a sort of halfway point for some friends and I who met up to celebrate our friend Rebekah Clayton’s birthday a couple of weekends ago. Rebekah’s sister Meredith is a student at Ole Miss, so she and some fellow Rebels graciously hosted us and showed us around town. I almost immediately fell in love with this place, and it couldn’t have been at a better time — Oxford’s 175th birthday weekend.
Our guides took us to the historic Oxford Square. Not only is it architecturally reminiscent of hometown shopping around the courthouse, it is actually occupied by quality local businesses. From independent book seller Square Books (located in 3 different buildings on The Square) to local restaurants and bars, this place feels like the South. Furthermore, Oxford is fortunate to have chef John Currence in its residence. Currence’s New Orleans background comes out on the menus of the four restaurants his City Grocery Restaurant Group oversees. Bouré and Big Bad Breakfast were two of our food destinations and I couldn’t have been happier. I had the Bouré burger for my Saturday lunch — maybe the best burger I’ve had yet — with fried pickles, tomato, lettuce, blue cheese, and beef from White Oak Pastures, a Georgia farm dedicated to animal welfare and environmental sustainability. We also explored Ole Miss, of course, and William Faulkner’s residence. Both are beautiful, and the historical value of the university’s Lyceum and Faulkner’s home also make these great places to visit if you like a little bit of history and literature.
Oxford definitely reaffirmed my love for travel. Although it’s not a far off place from Jackson, TN, I had considered forgoing the trip after racking up 50 hours of road time in June, but I’m glad I didn’t make that mistake. Not only was Oxford a great end to my month of road trips, but it helped me realized how much I like the road and how nice it is to have that feeling of being in motion and of going somewhere different than where you came from.