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“Historic and Folkloric...If These Walls Could Talk!”
Review of Rowan Oak

Rowan Oak
Ranked #2 of 30 things to do in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
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Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Historic and Folkloric...If These Walls Could Talk!”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

Faulkner's beloved Rowan Oak was just as I had imagined it to be...a large but comfortable home secluded from nosy neighbors by a dense natural growth Southern forest. The storied life of this preeminent Southern author is preserved within these walls. The tour was informative and enlightening, but Faulkner's spirit and sensibilities could best be found during a quiet stroll around the grounds. From the hauntingly scarred yet surviving trees surrounding his home to his private wilderness trail Faulkner could be imagined at every turn, perhaps behind that cypress over there or sitting on that decaying log smoking his pipe.

Parking is a bit of a challenge, accessed by unpaved roads, so be prepared for a little hike to the home. I also suggest bug repellent for the wilderness trail.

There is a reasonable fee for the tour of his home but Nature is free and untamed, as it should be

I was shooting slow-speed film that day, so my photos were limited to these brightly lit scenes.

Visited April 2014
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Gunnison, Colorado
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“An exquisite step back into the literary life of Faulkner”
Reviewed 24 May 2014

Love love this place. Already was enjoying Oxford but Rowan Oak was the icing on the cake. Very well maintained...walking the path to the house was like stepping into another world. A total delight.

Visited May 2014
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Sterling Heights, Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
81 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“Very Interesting! A must see for any William Faulkner fan”
Reviewed 22 May 2014

The grounds surrounding the home are beautiful and you are free to roam them. There is an admission to tour the home, which I highly recommend.

Visited June 2013
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Charlotte, NC
Level 5 Contributor
98 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Unique Southern Home”
Reviewed 10 May 2014

The large rambling house built in the 1840s is a unique look at Southern life before the Civil War. It probably took someone like William Faulkner to appreciate it's value as it was and not make dynamic changes to the structure. The gardens are especially pretty! Lovely place to spend a quiet hour and learn about one of our greatest authors.

Visited April 2014
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Long Beach, CA
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Faulkner revisited”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

Anyone who has read William Faulkner, one of a handful of true American literary geniuses and winner of the Nobel Prize, will find a visit to the home he occupied for 32 years very worthwhile. The cedar-lined walkway leading to the stately home he restored is lovely. Each room is filled with Faulkner memorabilia, though plastic barriers keep one from a close-up look, for example, at the remainder of his personal library, which has been moved to the University of Mississippi or the University of Virginia. The four acres are serene. Unfortunately, our small party of relatives were unanimous in finding the house's curator or guardian, Mr. Griffith, curt, harried, and unwelcoming. That said, a leisurely walk-through will prove very rewarding. The Faulkner grave is nearby at St. Peter's cemetery and also worth viewing.

Visited April 2014
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