Opinion: Why Oxford is one of the best places to live, work and attend school

By Meaghan Huntley and Hannah Rinehart

Oxford is perfect for anyone who needs a change of pace from everyday life. This rich, cultured town has so much to offer as a unique North Mississippi destination. With history, undeniable charm and alluring features, you may find it hard to leave after experiencing Oxford’s lively spirit.

One thing is certain – you will never go hungry here. Oxford’s rare fusion of Southern comfort food and unique dining offers variety for all taste buds.

There are a wide variety of restaurants to choose from on the Square. Hunter Thompson, a UM senior, eats at Ajax Diner whenever he can to get “the best down home soul food” in Mississippi.

“There is a reason that people never want to leave Oxford, and that is because of the food,” Thompson said. “Ajax is definitely the best place to eat in Oxford.”

With toothpicks covering the ceiling and homemade cornbread served with every dish, you will automatically feel at home as soon as you walk through the door of Ajax.

Whether you are taking a Sunday morning stroll to Square Books to find your next read or walking the Bailey’s Woods Trail to dip your toes in the rich history of William Faulkner’s Rowan Oak, there is always something to do.

William Faulkner once said, “To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi.” Some would say the same is true about Oxford.

There are numerous things that set Oxford apart from the rest of the hospitality state. Square Books, what is perhaps Oxford’s most well known treasure, sits on a corner of the Square.

Inside, you can find national best-sellers and new releases from local authors. Once you pick out your favorite book, you can head upstairs, grab a coffee and sit at one of the popular window seats overlooking the Square.

Kaitlyn Walker, a University of Mississippi student and senior, said she couldn’t imagine her college years without Oxford and the experiences it has brought her.

“The Square has so much to offer with its historic feel – you never want to leave,” she said. “It is by far my favorite place to go in town.”

This combined column was written as part of the advanced writing class taught by adjunct professor Ann Day Becker of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media. 

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