15 Best Small Towns to Visit in Mississippi

2. Oxford, Mississippi

Oxford, Mississippi

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Oxford, Mississippi

Oxford is a college town in Lafayette County, and home to the well known University of Mississippi, otherwise known as “Ole Miss”. Built on land that formerly belonged to the Chickasaw until the treaty of the Pontotoc Creek, the founders intentionally named the town Oxford and planned to make it a center of learning in the South. These dreams were fulfilled when the state legislature selected Oxford as the home for the new state university in 1841. In more recent history, the first presidential debate of 2008 was held here at Ole Miss.

After touring campus, take a stroll at Lamar Park, or visit the Confederate Cemetery from the Civil War era. Hike through Bailey’s Woods or stock up on goodies at the Midtown Farmers Market. Catch some music at Lyric Theatre before enjoying a relaxing meal at the Ravine. Put your feet up and unwind at charming The Nests BnB!

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