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
A block south on Lamar sits the home of Dean Faulkner Wells, her Nannie’s house, built in 1931 for William’s mother Maud. Inside, it has the look and creak of a house inhabited by generations of Faulkners. Outside, it is marked by an engraved sign that notes its place on the National Register of Historic Places, albeit a privately occupied one. That doesn’t stop people from knocking on her door, asking whether the house is open. “It’s never open,” she tells them. They look surprised. She points them toward Faulkner’s other house. “Down the street and take a right.”