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Rowan Oak

916 Old Taylor Rd

In 1930, William Faulkner purchased what was then known as "The Bailey Place", a primitive Greek revival house sitting on four acres of hardwood and cedar. Colonel Robert Sheegog, and Irish immigrant planter from Tennessee, built the home when he settled in the tiny frontier settlement of Oxford in the 1840s. Faulkner renamed it Rowan Oak in 1931 after the rowan tree, a symbol of security and peace. The house was unoccupied for seven years before the Faulkners purchased it in 1930.

Soon thereafter, he optioned the surrounding acreage (Bailey's Woods) and settled in with his wife, Estelle, and her two children from a previous marriage, Malcolm and Victoria. Within a few years, their own daughter, Jill, was born. Rowan Oak was the family home of the Faulkners until 1962, the year of William Faulkner's death. In 1972, Jill Faulkner Summers sold the house to the University of Mississippi to secure it as a place for people worldwide to learn about her father and his work.

Rowan Oak was William Faulkner's private world, in reality and imagination, and he was fascinated with its history. His writings were inspired by local stories of Indians, runaway slaves, old colonels and spinsters who gave china-painting lessons and are interwoven with his own memories of coming of age in a South torn between traditional ways and modern development. Faulkner's years spent at Rowan Oak were productive as he set stories and novels to paper, ultimately winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949, and the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award in 1954 for 'A Fable'. William Faulkner remains one of the most celebrated and studied authors in the world, with conferences, societies and journals dedicated to his life and work.


Grayson Smith

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Just a lovely place and omg the trees are so beautiful.. after closing hours a lot of photographers and their subjects come here to take pictures, but there are plenty of places to lay down a blanket and relax without being in any bodies way. Never been during open hours.


Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
Great place to visit even if you're not into literature. Lots of history and antiques. Quite and peaceful setting with beautiful views. There is an easy hiking trail you can take from campus to here.

Stacey Dalton

Sunday, June 17, 2018
Beautiful house with lots of history! It was intriguing to learn about William Faulkner.

Stephanie Marshall

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017
Illuminating peek at Faulkner's life. Tour was self-guided, but still informative. Student representative was pleasant and helpful, and the entrance fee was modest (they accept cash only!). While several of the rooms seemed like standard "this is what an old house looked like" fare, there were enough placards and informational displays about the author's life to make it relatable. Of the house itself: The author's personality is still evident in his home. Of note were the sparseness of his daughter's room to the literal writing on the walls in his study and telephone nook. (Perception of these areas varied widely within our group: did the study graffiti reflect a carefree spirit who didn't care about appearances or materials, or a somewhat callous soul who lived like he knew—and didn't care— that someone would have to clean up after him?)

April Sistrunk

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Beautiful Landscaping...Only 5$ to tour the home but free to tour grounds. Great location for outdoor wedding or other event.

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