Newcomer’s Guide: 7 Must-Know Facts About Oxford

Ever wonder about the town you live in? Some newcomers say these fun and interesting facts have given them all the more reason to call Oxford home.

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Oxford became the home to the first state university in Mississippi in 1848 when the University of Mississippi was founded.

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Oxford was named after the university town in Oxford, England.

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Tomato Basil Soup from Newk’s Eatery

Oxford is home to the first McAlister’s Deli and Newk’s. McAlister’s Deli was founded in 1989 and later came Newk’s, which was founded in 2004.

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Oxford is also home to the oldest department store in the South. Neilson’s, located on The Square, was established in 1839.

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Bob Dylan wrote a song called “Oxford Town,” which is about James Meredith’s admission into Ole Miss.

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Oxford imported its first Double Decker bus from England in 1994.

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Oxford is home to William Faulkner’s ‘Rowan Oak,’ which he named after Rowan trees. Rowan trees symbolize peace and security.


By Madison Stewart, an intern for HottyToddy.com. She can be reached at mastewar@go.olemiss.edu.

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