Sunday, September 25, 2022

View From a Double-Decker, Photos of an Oxford Day in the Sunshine

Friday was an idyllic day to be out in Oxford, with the sun shining and a light breeze rustling early spring buds and flowers.
Perhaps most of you locals have taken a Double-Decker tour, but if you haven’t, it’s the best way to see your town. And the best way to come within a few feet of the bottom of a traffic light. For those of you who weren’t lucky enough to be on a two-story sundeck Friday, here are a few photos to remind you that the sun will again shine on Oxford, and hopefully soon.

Spring blooms frame a house on South Lamar Boulevard. The home was pre-cut in St. Louis, Mo., shipped down the Mississippi River and brought to Oxford on a wagon in pieces, according to Oxford historian Jack Mayfield. It was put together like a jigsaw puzzle, he said.
Spring blooms frame a house on North Lamar Boulevard. The home was pre-cut in St. Louis, Mo., shipped down the Mississippi River and brought to Oxford on a wagon in pieces, according to Oxford historian Jack Mayfield. It was put together like a jigsaw puzzle, he said.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ammadelle is an Italianate mansion that was designed by Calvert Vaux, and built by Thomas E. B. Pegues. Final details were incomplete when the American Civil War started, and building the house, at 637 N. Lamar Blvd., took two years. The house was built by nine slaves who worked as craftsmen, and who built several other homes in Oxford.
Ammadelle is an Italianate mansion that was designed by Calvert Vaux, and built by Thomas E. B. Pegues. Final details were incomplete when the American Civil War started, and building the house, at 637 N. Lamar Blvd., took two years. The house was built by nine slaves who worked as craftsmen, and who built several other homes in Oxford.

The Downtown Oxford Inn on North Lamar is just a memory, and will soon be replaced by a new hotel.
The Downtown Oxford Inn on North Lamar is just a memory, and will soon be replaced by a new hotel.

The Grove is always greener than most places around town, with its expansive lawn and cooling shade. Friday was the perfect spring day for baseball and football.
The Grove is always greener than most places around town, with its expansive lawn and cooling shade. Friday was the perfect spring day for baseball and football.

Watching a tour from a tour bus is a bit meta, and the added students and parents on campus (this group is pictured at the Lyceum) probably only added to the robust traffic situation downtown.
Watching a tour from a tour bus is a bit meta, and the added students and parents on campus (this group is pictured at the Lyceum) probably only added to the robust traffic situation downtown.

The university is home to several well-designed water towers that were hiding behind the trees, and above them.
The university is home to several well-designed water towers that were hiding behind the trees, and above them.

Downtown Traffic DoubleDecker Tour
Drivers were polite to cars and buses alike, but downtown was a bit of a madhouse Friday afternoon, with spring baseball and the Grove Bowl on Saturday.

The trees are even starting to bloom at Visit Oxford, located just off the square at 415 South Lamar Blvd. They have maps and walking tour brochures, and can schedule a tour for you.
The trees are even starting to bloom at Visit Oxford, located just off the square at 415 South Lamar Blvd. They have maps and walking tour brochures, and can schedule a tour for you.

 Photo Essay by Gretchen Stone, HottyToddy.com associate editor. Gretchen can be contacted about this story at Gretchen.Stone@HottyToddy.com.

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