Oxford, Mississippi

Walking the roads of Oxford, MS, a town built to resemble Oxford, England, you can envision a young William Faulkner, dressed in costume, parading down the streets. For Faulkner, who often dressed up for his strolls, those strolls led to Rowan Oak, Faulkner’s family home that he bought in 1930. Take a tour of Rowan Oak, which was bought by the University of Mississippi in 1972 for preservation and educational purposes, and look closely at the walls of his study, where he penciled in the outline for his 1954 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Fable. Inside and outside, on the home’s surrounding 29 acres, Faulkner told ghost stories to his nieces, nephews and children, several of which were captured by his niece, Dean Faulkner Wells, in her book The Ghosts of Rowan Oak, William Faulkner's Ghost Stories for Children. After Faulkner died in July of 1962, his funeral procession moved around the town square. He was buried in St. Peter's Cemetery; today, a statue in his honor stands downtown in a square that also includes the beloved bookstore Square Books, a shop that any book-lover will want to visit.