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Lewis Family To Sell 248 Acres of Previously Laid Out Firing Range Land

Aerial View of the 248-acre property for sale

It’s no secret that Oxford is hot. Developers are scooping up land all around Oxford for housing, shopping, and recreational uses. With population booming, the entire area is ripe for more development of things for these people to do, and Will Lewis, owner of Neilson’s and long-time Oxonian, thinks he has something special to offer.
Sitting just six miles from the intersection of Hwy 6 and West Jackson, south of Hwy 6, are 248 acres that his family owns in Lafayette County. The land has already been vetted for the hurdles someone will have to cross to build out a firing range. Among other features, the land has many changes in elevation – in other words, it has the hills and berms necessary to contain the shells and arrows.
Satellite View

One study characterizes the land as “248 acres of highly dissected sandy clay loam and one small intermittent stream.” It also has an 11.5-acre lake, along with an actively managed pine forest, a few areas of naturally regenerating hardwood/pine forest, and a small area of recreationally cultivated stream bottoms. It is on a county road with a well and electric service.
But, according to Lewis, the land does not have to be used for a firing range.
“The land also has a great population of turkeys for turkey hunting,” says Lewis. “I’ve had some interest in turning the whole property into an upscale hunting camp, but that might not be the only use.”
Lewis has even gotten a “Cultural Resources Survey” done by an archaeologist to make sure there are no Indian burial grounds or other obstacles to development and can provide a copy of that document to a buyer. The report states that “no archaeological sites or cultural resources of any kind were found,” and that “the only recent development in the area is the Oxford/Lafayette County law enforcement shooting range, adjacent to the project area to the Northwest.”
Of interest to those who like historical context, according to the Cultural Resources Survey, the area is “within the vast tract of land ceded in 1832 by the Chickasaw tribe to the United States by the Treaty of Pontotoc Creek. There were nine Chickasaw patentees in the township, many of whom presumably lived here (Shuppaticha, Tokolthia, Fihoka, Ishtuckoyoka, Aily Harris, Weehunnayo, Shimountahla, Thomas Thomas and Susan Sely).
“We want to market the property nationwide,” says Lewis. “But it would be especially attractive to a Mississippian or an Ole Miss person.”
Anyone interested in the land can contact Lewis by emailing HERE.  

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