Friday, September 29, 2023

St. Peters Is a Historic Landmark and Oxford Spiritual Bedrock

St. Peters is the oldest church in Oxford.

This National Historic Landmark is Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church at the corner of South 9th Street and Jackson Avenue in Oxford.
During Frederick A.P. Barnard’s tenure as rector is when St. Peter’s Episcopal Church building, chancel and nave were erected. The lot was purchased on Nov. 19, 1855, for $600 from Philip A. and Mary D. Yancey.
The structure, built by William Turner, was completed in 1860, and the first sermon preached in the church was given by Barnard on Easter Sunday, April 8, 1860. This beautiful church is the oldest religious structure in Oxford, having survived the burning of the town during the Civil War. St. Peters was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1975.

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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