By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Historian Jack Lamar Mayfield will lead tours again this fall in Oxford’s Double-Decker bus, offering insights into the people, places and events that shaped the town.
Mayfield’s guided tours began last year as a way for people to experience Oxford by way of its open-top British bus without having to rent it out for a special event.
“The tours attract a lot of visitors who want to see Oxford and know more about the town,” said Tourism Coordinator Mary Allyn Roulhac. “There are always some local residents who are taking the ride for the first time.”
The two-hour tours will include discounted admission to two of the city’s most historic homes. Cedar Oaks was the home of Jacob Thompson, one of Oxford’s early leaders, and was saved by a brigade of women, both black and white, after Union soldiers torched it.
The L.Q.C. Lamar House is the recently restored home of one of Mississippi’s best-known statesmen. Lamar helped begin the rebuilding of unity after the Civl War and is the only American to have served in Congress, the Cabinet and the Supreme Court.
Several University of Mississippi sites are highlighted, including the Confederate Cemetery. Also included in the tour are the home of novelist William Faulkner, St. Peter’s Cemetery, the historic homes and tree-lined streetscapes of Lamar Boulevard and the downtown Square.
Tours depart from Skipwith Cottage on the Square next to City Hall. Saturday tours are scheduled for Aug. 20 and Sept. 17, both at 10 a.m. Sunday tours will be held on three University of Mississippi home football weekends – Sept. 25, Oct. 16 and Nov. 13, with each tour starting at 1 p.m.
Advance tickets are available at City Hall 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Same-day tickets can be purchased at Skipwith Cottage. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children. For more information, visit www.oxfordcvb.com or call (662) 232-2477.