Located in the heart of Oxford is the historic Oxford square, locally known as “The Square.” With a variety of restaurants, museums, art galleries, clothing boutiques, specialty shops, and more, The Square offers tourists and locals alike a place to congregate, people-watch, shop, and experience Oxford. Whether it’s good food, art, live local music, or specialty items – you’ll have an experience you won’t forget.
Local landmarks include:
- City Grocery – 152 Courthouse Square
Offering fine Southern cuisine from chef John Currence, winner of the 2009 James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef South. Enjoy live local music in the evenings.
- Neilson’s Department Store– 119 Courthouse Square
Opened in 1839, Neilson’s is the South’s oldest department store offering the finest in family apparel and housewares
- Square Books – 129 Courthouse Square
On the square since 1979, Square books has book signings, book readings, and has available every book in print by William Faulkner. The radio show Thacker Mountain is recorded here in the spring and fall.
- Fortune’s Famous Ice Cream
- Downtown Oxford Inn – 400 N. Lamar Blvd.
- Southside Gallery – 150 Courthouse Square
On showcase is artwork by regional, national and international artists. A lecture series and receptions are also held here
- Historic Oxford Courthouse – Courthouse Square
The namesake of the square is the focal point as well. Built in 1872 (the original was burned in 1864), visitors may tour the building.