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Top 5 Things To Do In Oxford During Spring Break

From March 12 through March 20, the University of Mississippi is closed for Spring Break. Many people are traveling far distances to amusement parks, beaches, and other popular vacation spots. However, there are those who will be enjoying their break right here in Oxford.

Oxford is the mecca of creativity, culture, history, and literary discovery. Whether you’re a free spirit that sees the world through a colorful lens of art and expression, a sports junkie looking for a spot to kick back and indulge in SEC paradise, or a classical literature enthusiast and historian hoping to obtain more information about past writers who has gifted us with scholarly tales that still captivate us today, Oxford is sure to meet your every need.

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5. Learn About One Of The Most Celebrated Authors In The South By Visiting Rowan Oak

Rowan Oak, is home to Nobel Prize winning Southern novelist William Faulkner.

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Born in New Albany, Mississippi, Faulkner moved to Oxford with his family at the age of five. In June of 1929, he married a woman named Estelle Oldham at Oxford’s College Hill Presbyterian Church. In 1930, the coupled purchased the antebellum home, Rowan Oak.

Located on 915 Old Taylor Road, visitors can tour the house on Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. And Sundays from 1 p.m. through 4 p.m. for the low admissions fee of five dollars a person and no cost for Ole Miss Students who have their school ID. William Griffith, who serves as the Curator of Rowan Oak, talked about why people should visit Rowan Oak and its history.

William Griffith, curator of Rowan Oak
William Griffith, curator of Rowan Oak

“Rowan Oak is the home of Mississippi’s only Nobel Prize winner William Faulkner,” Griffith said, “He is considered to be one of the greatest writers over the last century. If people want to see where he lived, what kind of books he read, his furniture, and how he ran his family life, then they should come and visit”.

Another attractive feature of Rowan Oak is a trail that leads to The University of Mississippi Museum.

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4. Discover How Ole Miss Overcame Racial Oppression (James Meredith Statue)

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On October 1, 1962, James Howard Meredith became the first African American student at the then segregated University of Mississippi.

During his tenure at the University of Mississippi, Meredith faced humiliation, resistance, discrimination, and violence for enrolling at a predominantly white institution of higher learning. The James Meredith statue is a symbol and a reminder of how much things have changed since the sixties. University of Mississippi junior and campus ambassador, Terrius Harris, gave an in-depth interpretation of what the James Meredith statue symbolizes to him.

UM junior Harris
UM junior Terrius Harris

“The James Meredith statue is a significant and prominent part of this campus,” Harris said, “And to me personally, it’s a symbol of not only when the first African American was able to enter the University, but our first step towards true diversity and inclusion here at the university. As an on campus ambassador, every single day I give a tour , I stop right before we reach the Lyceum and I tell them about the James Meredith statue and I explain to them that the reason I think it’s so important is because it’s a symbol of inclusion and diversity on this campus and a beacon of light for a lot of students wishing to come to Ole Miss but are afraid because they think that there is some kind of racial division here”.

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3. Check Out The Home Of Vinyl and Musical Classics at The End Of All Music

The End Of All Music, is a record store in Oxford, MS located on North Lamar and just a few miles downtown from the Square. The record store has a variety of genres of music such as Rock, Blues, Gospel, Jazz, and other favorites.

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Love the soulful seventies music? Great! Come on in and enjoy the mesmerizing voice of Al Green and the sweet tune of Love and Happiness. Wanna take a trip back to the nineteen sixties hippie culture? No problem! The End Of All Music has electrifying Jimi Hendrix albums and far out songs from The Mamas and The Papas.

Store owner, David Swider, discussed his favorite thing about working at The End of All Music.

Owner of The End of All Music, David Swider
Owner of The End of All Music, David Swider

“I like seeing the new records come in, both used and new,” Swider said, “You never really know what new record is gonna be reissued or what old record that you’ve been looking for for years will just walk in off the street. The stock is constantly changing and we’re constantly getting new and used records almost daily. Another exciting thing is meeting lots of music fans from all ages and all demographics.”

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Upcoming events during spring break at The End of All Music include free in store shows starring Luther Dickinson on Sunday March 13th at 1 p.m. and a gospel group from Panola County called the Walker Family Singers on Saturday March 19th at 1 p.m. Both events are appropriate for all ages.

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Photo by Jack Olstad HottyToddy.com

2. Enjoy A Fun And Intense Game Of Ole Miss Baseball

If you’re a baseball fan, Oxford’s Swayze Stadium sure was the ideal location for you this spring break. Oxford hosted two Ole Miss Baseball games during break.

Assistant Media Relations Director and Primary Contact for the Ole Miss Baseball team, Adam Kuffner, gave some exciting things to look forward to during the baseball games this season.

Assistant Media Relations Director Adam Kuffner

“Ole Miss baseball team is off to a great start this season,” Kuffner said, “Swayze field is a great atmosphere and we have one of the top five attendants in the country, we are actually ranked number two right now with over eight thousand fans at each game. We have dollar hot dog nights during the mid week and a lot of giveaways on the weekends.”

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Hottytoddy.com file photo

Now since the Diamond Rebels are traveling this week, be sure to catch the mid-week series tonight and tomorrow night on television. You could join your friends on the Square to cheer on the Rebels over University of Alabama – Birmingham from Oxford, Mississippi!

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Photo by Jimi Hendrix

1. Take A Tour Of A City Within A City (The Square)

The number one thing that Oxford is known for is the square. The Square centers around a variety of delicious restaurants, stylish boutiques and concerts from local and internationally known musicians. Some of the popular dining locations include: Rib Cage, South Depot Taco Shop and McEwens. The Square truly has something for everybody. That’s what makes it iconic.

Jocilyn Carver is a HottyToddy.com intern. She can be reached at jscarver@go.olemiss.edu.

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