Directory Category: Music and Literature

St. Peter’s United Methodist Church

Lifeboat Church, where Howlin’ Wolf sang as a boy, and St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, established in the mid-1800s, combined in the 1960s to form St. Peter’s.

College Hill Presbyterian Church

The sanctuary, built in 1844, is the oldest Presbyterian structure in North Mississippi and the oldest church building of any denomination in the Oxford area.

Mississippi University for Women

When Mississippi University for Women was chartered in 1884, it made educational history as the first state-supported college for women in America.

Elvis Statue

This is one of 12 significant sites in Elvis’ formative years in Tupelo marked with plaques on the Elvis Presley Driving Trail. This larger than life statue of Elvis’ 1956 Homecoming Concert at the Tupelo Fairgrounds was based on a famous shot called “The Hands” by Roger Marshutz.

Starkville City Jail

The old jail is also the place where Johnny Cash stayed after being arrested in 1965. He later sang about that night in the song “Starkville City Jail” which he recorded on the album Johnny Cash At San Quentin.

John Grisham Room

The John Grisham Room is a beautifully appointed room, exhibit area and conference suite on the third floor of Mitchell Memorial Library. Its main purpose is to provide a place where people may view materials and memorabilia from the writings and achievements of bestselling author, former Mississippi legislator (1983-1990), and MSU alumnus John Grisham. 

Howlin’ Wolf Museum, Statue and Blues Trail Marker

One of the most influential of the American Blues’ founding fathers was Chester Arthur “Howlin’ Wolf” Burnett. His music inspired many blues and rock legends. The Mississippi Blues Trail marker is here in his home community to pay tribute to his legacy.

Historic Oxford Square and Lafayette County Courthouse

Established in 1836, Lafayette County was named in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette and was one of ten counties into which the Chickasaw Cession was divided. Since Oxford was incorporated in 1837, the square has remained the cultural and economic hub of the city and is home to a variety of shops and boutiques,…

Tennessee Williams Welcome Center and Museum

This colorful building was the first home of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams, author of A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Glass Menagerie. Williams, considered the most important American playwright, was born in Columbus, Mississippi in 1911. He spent his beginning years in an old Victorian home that was…