University Places

TripWhat's travel guide to University; our list of the best things to see, including Oxford Floral Company, Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts and Ventress Hall.
  • The best place in University: Oxford Floral Company

    Oxford Floral Company

    1103 Jefferson Avenue
    Antique furnishings and collectibles, estate silver, accessories, unusual gifts, fine china, crystal, and floral arrangements. Voted "Best Place To Find A Perfect Gift" in the July/August 2007 issue of Mississippi Magazine.
  • Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts

    Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts

    100 University Ave
    Ford Center for the Performing Arts [24], 100 University Ave, +1 662 915-2787. A new performing arts center featuring a range of performances from classical and popular artists, noted speakers and theatrical performances. The grounds also include a memorial rose garden and a smaller sculpture.
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  • Ventress Hall

    A 19th century Victorian building on the edge of The Grove
    Originally used as a library, now the home of the College of Liberal Arts. Inside is a huge stained glass window depicting a battle scene from The War(unless otherwise specified, "the war" in the deep South means the one taking place between 1861 and 1865). The window was commissioned by the Delta Gamma Sorority from the Tiffany Glass Company to honor the University Greys, a company comprised completely of Ole Miss students that suffered 100 percent casualties at the battle of Gettysburg. The turret contains a winding staircase filled with graffiti over 100 years old. Legend has it that William Faulkner got intoxicated, climbed to the top of the turret, and began shouting "Hotty Toddy"--the school's unofficial cheer. However, this is likely merely a legend, but a darn good one. A member of the staff inside would be happy to give you a brief tour.
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  • The Blues Symposium

    on the Ole Miss Campus
    Learn about Mississippi and the blues. Birthplace of the music and the artists. Admission is free.
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  • Rowan Oak

    Old Taylor Road
    The home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. This historic home and grounds located just blocks from the Square. Faulkner even wrote part of a novel on the wall of his bedroom, later uncovered during a renovation. Walking tours available. Free admission on Wednesdays, $5 on other weekdays (donations always accepted). Entrance to the grounds is free, open until sunset.
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  • Barnard Observatory

    Another antebellum building on campus that was originally built to house the world's largest telescope
    It is widely believed among locals that the telescope was being shipped during The War when it was captured by Yankee troops and sent to Northwestern University. However, it is more likely that the University could no longer afford to pay for the telescope after the war began, and Northwestern bought it instead. The building was never used as an observatory and is now home to the Center for the Study of Southern Culture [21] and hosts small exhibits.
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  • Neilson's Department Store

    119 Courthouse Square
    Oldest continuously running department store in the South and offers the latest in every department. You'll find clothing, shoes, and accessories for the whole family, as well as home furnishings and gifts. Neilson's also carries Clinique and Estee Lauder cosmetics. Features all the typical department store items, but specializes in personal service.
  • Confederate Cemetery

    Located behind Tad Smith Coliseum on the Ole Miss campus
    It is the resting place of more than 700 Confederate dead, mostly from the Battle of Shiloh. University buildings were used as hospitals and headquarters of both Union and Confederate forces between 1862 and 1865. All those buried here perished on the grounds of the University. While many names are known(they are etched on a monument in the center of the cemetery) most buried here are unknown soldiers. Union dead were once buried here as well, but long ago moved to a national cemetery. One of Oxford and Ole Miss' lesser known sites, it is a must see for Civil War Buffs.
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  • The Grove

    Located on the campus of the University of Mississippi
    During the early Spring it has the appearance of a nicely manicured park, but during football season it turns into the most revered tailgating locale in all of college football. Sports Illustrated rates tailgating in the Grove, a multi-acre green space in the heart of the Ole Miss campus, as one of America's premier college events, placing it No. 3 on a list of 100 things to do before graduating. Bring your "refreshments" and your Sunday best. See the "Cope" section below for an important rule while tailgating.
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  • Wall Doxey State Park

    3946 Highway 7 South
    Offers an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities in a setting rich in natural beauty centered around a 60-acre, spring-fed lake.
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  • University Sporting Goods

    105 Courthouse Square
    University Sporting Goods has served the Oxford community and Ole Miss students for over 30 years. The store is a must-stop for Ole Miss apparel, running shoes, and t-shirts. University Sporting Goods also does screen printing for t-shirts.
  • Mustard Seed Antique Emporium

    1737 University Ave
    A multi-dealer mall featuring antique furnishings, collectibles, decorative accessories, vintage clothing and jewelry. Voted "Best Place To Find Antiques" in the state in the July/August 2007 issue of Mississippi Magazine.
  • Square Books

    129 Courthouse Square
    Locally-owned bookstore that has been rated as the best independent bookstore in the nation. The New Yorker described it "as good as or better than any in New York." Frequent signings by prominent authors. Look inside the cover of your favorite book, as it may be signed. They also operate Off Square Books, a discount bookstore that is actually on the Square but in a separate building. In addition, they have a children's bookstore also located separately on the Square.
  • Campus Book Mart

    1111 Jackson Avenue West
    Ole Miss apparel, gifts, accessories, and textbooks. Locally operated.
  • Oxford Tattoo Company

    1151 Frontage Rd
    A world-class tattoo studio offering full custom body art located at the corner of S. Lamar Blvd. and Hwy 6.
  • Malco's Oxford Studio Cinema

    1111 Jackson Ave W
    This movie theater features rocking-chair stadium seating and is the host of the annual Oxford Film Festival [29] in February.
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  • Village Tailor

    145 Courthouse
    net, M-Sa 10AM-5:30PM. Designer women's clothing and accessories.
  • University Golf Club

    College Hill Rd
    The University Golf Club is maintained by the Landscape Services Department at the University. The course is an 18-hole, par 72 golf course and a driving range.
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  • Upper Sardis Wildlife Management Area

    Lafayette County
    From the intersection of Hwy. 7 and Hwy. 30 at Oxford go 12 miles east on Hwy. 30 to sign on the right saying Headquarters, +1 662 234-6125, [35]. This 42,274 acre wildlife refuge provides a natural habitat for many species. Game hunted are deer, dove, duck, quail, rabbit, squirrel, turkey and woodcock.
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  • Rebel Rags

    2302 West Jackson Avenue
    Rebel Rags has a full selection of items devoted strictly to Ole Miss attire and personal items. Customers can buy anything from Ole Miss caps to jeans to t-shirts to autograph footballs to bean bags. Product lines include Tommy Hilfiger, Cutter & Buck, Adidas, Russell, Heritage Pewter, Champion, Gear, Soffee, Team Jeans, Little King and many more popular brands.
  • John W. Kyle State Park

    4235 State Park Road
    Kyle State Park, 4235 State Park Road, Sardis, MS, +1 662 487-1345, [31]. Features 20 air-conditioned cabins, furnished with basic kitchen equipment and bed and bath linens. All of the cabins are located near the water, have fire places and accommodate up to four people. Additionally, 2 cabins are located on the Mallard Pointe Golf Course [32]. Each of these cabins consists of 4 bedrooms, and they're equipped much the same as the other cabins. Reservations are required.
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  • Chique

    303 South Lamar
    While on a mission trip in Brazil, designer Angel Overstreet decided that building a shoe factory would help the people of the impoverished town of Corumba. She opened her first boutique in Oxford to market her ever-growing lines of quirky shoes and accessories, which are now sold in South American department stores as well.
  • Oxford Conference for the Book

    Contact Ann Abadie
    Since its inauguration in April 1993, the conference has celebrated books, writing and reading; it has also dealt with practical concerns on which literary arts depend. Admission is free.
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  • The Double Decker Arts Festival

    Courthouse Square
    A daylong celebration of music, food, and arts on Oxford's historic square. Mingle with painters, potters, and woodworkers. Sample entrees from Southern chefs. Enjoy an eclectic blend of music including jazz, funk, blues and rock 'n' roll. Admission is free. File:Double Decker City Hall.jpg Double Decker Festival
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  • Annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference

    Contact Ann Abadie
    Apopular literary event that includes six days of lectures and discussions by scholars and dramatic readings from the works of William Faulkner. Celebrate at Rowan Oak, once the home of the famous writer.
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  • Mississippi Madness

    141 Courthouse Square
    Features a variety of cooking accessories, Mississippi designer pottery, and Mississippi-made gourmet foods. Pick up some Knock-You-Naked margarita mix made by Fat Mama's Tamales [56] in Natchez.
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