From Faulkner's home, Rowan Oak, to his grave, Oxford is the ultimate literary destination to get a glimpse into the life of a Southern icon.
Photo: Robbie Caponetto
Inside Rowan Oak, you can peer into the private world that William Faulkner guarded so fiercely. You can see his portable Underwood, the painting of a mule that watched over him from the mantle, the detailed outline of A Fable that he penciled directly onto the plaster walls of his study. You can imagine Pappy, as he was known to his daughter and niece, standing before the stately fireplace where he gave the same toast every New Year’s Eve, allowing the young adults in his charge a single glass of Champagne. “Here’s to the younger generation,” he’d say. “May you profit from the mistakes of your elders.”
Now owned by the University of Mississippi, Rowan Oak is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. The grounds are open from dawn to dusk daily. Call 662/234-3284 to schedule a visit.