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Rowan Oak

916 Old Taylor Rd, Oxford, Mississippi 38655 USA

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“Former home of William Faulkner!”

Rowan Oak, also known as William Faulkner House, is William Faulkner's former home in Oxford, Mississippi. It is a primitive Greek Revival house built in the 1840s by Robert Sheegog. Faulkner purchased the house when it was in disrepair in the 1930s and did much of the renovations himself. Other renovations were done in the 1950s. The house sits on 4 landscaped and twenty nine acres of largely wooded property known as Bailey's Woods. One of its more famous features is the outline of Faulkner's Pulitzer-prize winning novel A Fable, penciled in graphite and red on the plaster wall of his study. Though the "rowan oak" is a mythical tree, the grounds and surrounding woods of Rowan Oak contain hundreds of species of native Mississippi plants, most of which date back to antebellum times. The alley of cedars that lines the driveway was common in the 19th century. The studs of the house are 4"x4" square cypress, they were hand-hewn. Faulkner drew much inspiration for his treatment of multi-layered Time from Rowan Oak, where past and future seemed to inhabit the present.

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August 05, 2014
Rated 4.0

Beautiful house and land! We were able to walk the grounds even though the house itself wasn't open the day we went (a Monday). It was a bit difficult to find though; a little bit off the beaten path. But definitely a special historical landmark.

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May 21, 2013

I visited Rowan Oak a few years ago. Such a beautiful place! I kind of wish I could mimic the decor in my own house.

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September 06, 2016
Rated 5.0

Beautiful home and grounds to tour. Love the history here.

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March 15, 2015
Rated 5.0

Rich in history with lovely grounds & a beautiful home to tour.

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Rowan Oak

916 Old Taylor Rd
Oxford, Mississippi
38655 USA


Open now until 4:00 pm
  • Sun: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Tue - Sat: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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