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Blues, books, and beyond: Things to do in Oxford, Mississippi during your football weekend

Hank Greene

This season, Ole Miss will play host to match-ups against some of the best teams in the SEC.

But Oxford, Mississippi is about more than just the gridiron. From music, to literature, to world-class dining, a trip here offers you and your group the chance to explore, learn, and relax in one of the best college towns in America.

Here are a few things to do in Oxford that will take your college football weekend to the next level...

Mississippi Blues Trail

Detailing the amazing people, places, and stories that led to the creation and growth of blues music in the United States, the Mississippi Blues Trail is an amazing trip through history, with Oxford claiming two "markers" celebrating its contribution to this fabled art form.

"Documenting the Blues" - situated right outside Ole Miss' Center for the Study of Southern Culture - tells visitors about the University's "Blues Archive." This amazing collection houses more than 60,000 recordings, 20,000 photographs, along with thousands of videos, books, and clips from throughout the genre's illustrious history.

Meanwhile, just outside Lafayette Courthouse and across the street from Ajax Diner, sits the "Oxford Blues" marker, detailing the the famed musicians who have passed through Oxford on their way to blues stardom - including R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Robert Belfour, Kenny Brown, and David (Malone) Kimbrough.

Stroll around The Square

Speaking of strolling around Oxford, once you find the Oxford Blues marker, stay in "the Square" awhile and take in the shops, restaurants, and attractions that make up the center of Oxford leisure and entertainment.

Browse local bookshops like Square Books (and make sure to stop in their café), indulge with some candy from Holli's Sweet Tooth, or visit Neilson's - the South's oldest department store.

Along the way, you'll find some of the area's most beautiful scenery, history, and hidden gems... all of which will help make your game day getaway all the more special.

Rowan Oak

Oxford's literary history is well-documented, and the famed Rowan Oak stands at the center of it.

Built in 1848, this beautiful Southern estate was the home of Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner during the 1930s. Faulkner named the home himself after the Rowan tree, which the Celtic people believed held special safety and protective powers.

While living there, he produced many of his most famous works, including As I Lay Dying, Absalom and Lightin August. Today, visitors can roam the halls of this Southern home and learn more about Falkner, as well as the area's robust literary lineage.

Enjoy some great world-class food and drink

Oxford isn't just home to giants of the past - world-famous chef John Currence has set up shop near Ole Miss with a collection of some of the best restaurants you'll find anywhere in the country.

Start your day right with a trip to Big Bad Breakfast, featuring specialty plates like shrimp and grits and Coca-Cola-brined chicken. Then, head to City Grocery in the evening for a casually elegant dinner from one of the country's best chefs.

But Currence has plenty of company when it comes to great food in Oxford - from Ajax Diner, to The Ravine, and more.

Learn more about Oxford's culinary scene in our piece about the best restaurants in Oxford!


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About Author

Hank Greene
Hank Greene

Hank Greene is the Content Strategist for Rent Like A Champion, where he writes about travel, college football, and RLAC's offerings across the country. He believes every college football stadium should sell footlong hot dogs, and that every tailgate should include pulled pork sandwiches.

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