Wednesday, December 6, 2023

On the Square: A Look Back at Two Centuries of History

Oxford Square in the 1850s.

This view taken some time around 1885 of the west side of The Square from the balcony of the present-day First National Bank shows the old Opera House, above Sprat Buffalo’s cafe.
Reference point is the First Presbyterian Church bell tower in the background.
Oxford Square in the 1970s. Photo by Allen Blumberg

Leslie’s Drug Store and the north side of the Square as seen from the second floor side balcony of Sneed’s Hardware Store. Another great shot from a rainy winter day in 1977.

John Cofield is a writer and one of Oxford’s leading folk historians. He is the son of renowned university photographer Jack Cofield. His grandfather, Col. J.R Cofield, was William Faulkner’s personal photographer and for decades was Ole Miss yearbook photographer. Cofield attended Ole Miss as well.

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