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Rowan Oak is William Faulkner's former home in Oxford, Mississippi. It is a primitive Greek Revival house built in the 1840s by Colonel Robert Sheegog, an Irish immigrant planter from Tennessee. Faulkner purchased the house when it was in disrepair in 1930 and did many of the renovations himself. Other renovations were done in the 1950s. 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 walls of his office. It is now owned and operated by the University of Mississippi as a museum, and is open to visitors year-round.To visit Rowan Oak on your holiday in Oxford, and find out what else Oxford has to offer, use our Oxford.
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This house would be worth visiting even if it were NOT the home of William Faulkner for 30 years. Oxford, Mississippi, is worth a visit, too, of course, but we didn't really have time to explore its..... more
This house would be worth visiting even if it were NOT the home of William Faulkner for 30 years. Oxford, Mississippi, is worth a visit, too, of course, but we didn't really have time to explore its..... more »
Touring the grounds and house was very interesting and gives you a hint of Faulkner's personality. His writing on the walls was rather surprising. The out buildings need a bit of repair but are...
Touring the grounds and house was very interesting and gives you a hint of Faulkner's personality. His writing on the walls was rather surprising. The out buildings need a bit of repair but are... more »
Did a quick walk through of this place while in Oxford. I'm more in it for a historical perspective with the structures and history. It was nice and educational. I learned a lot about the author Faulkner that lived there in the end while that was not why we went. Even if you're not interested in his works alone his estate itself made it a great stop to see while in town. The estate is pretty much all authentic it appears from the 1950's (maybe a bit later) to when it was mostly built in the 1840's. You can't even drive up to it and you have to park on a small gravel trail pretty much. So it makes it even more interesting. I definitely recommend it and Oxford as a whole if in the area!
I really enjoyed this place. I went mid-January, so the trees had no leaves, but the grounds were still beautiful. I can't imagine living here in the height of Spring and early Summer, but it must look amazing. I don't know much about Falkner, and not sure I've ever read his works. But as a former English Major, I try to go see author's homes. I loved how he used to write on the walls and they showed examples of this. This was a nice home. Even if you aren't into literature, but if you are into old homes, I think you'd still like it. This was definitely a highlight of Oxford. The only bad part was it was kind of hard to find the road to get down to the house. There was no paved parking, which I'm sure they just don't have the funds to have.
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