441 Covenant Drive
Batesville, MS 38606
Phone: (662) 561-1131
Fax: (662) 561-1135
A member of the First Regional Library System, the Batesville Public Library was established in 1932.
Situated on the shores of Enid Lake, George Payne Cossar State Park features lots of hunting, fishing, and recreational opportunities. Cabins and camping pads are available.
The University of Mississippi, fondly referred to as Ole Miss, was founded in 1848 in Oxford, still the main campus today. During the Civil War, the entire student body enrolled in the Confederate Army, putting a temporary halt to operations. In 1882, the university became coeducational. In the early 1960s, a young African-American Air Force veteran named James Meredith put Ole Miss in the spotlight when he filed a lawsuit against the school to be able to attend the segregated institution. In 1962 he won and attempted to integrate the University of Mississippi, only to be blocked by the governor and later on sparking riots by segregationists at the school, the site of which is now a National Historic Landmark. Today, the school is probably best known for its excellent athletics, the Ole Miss Rebels teams and their legacy.
Built in 1837, this house was the home of John Faulkner. It was here that John wrote Men Working, Dollar Cotton and My Brother Bill, a tribute to William Faulkner.
Built using slave labor, this church is the oldest in the county. In 1862, the Union army of General Sherman invaded the community and used the church for living quarters. In 1929 William Faulkner was married in the sanctuary.
Situated on over 29 acres just south of the Square in Oxford, Mississippi, Rowan Oak was home to William Faulkner and his family for more than 40 years. Rowan Oak is open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sundays.
Avent Park is home to a communtiy-built playground. The park also offers lighted tennis courts, a walking trail, baseball field, frisbee golf course, and a pavilion furnished with picnic tables.
This building is regarded as the centerpiece of the county. The courthouse, which is a National Historic Landmark, was immortalized by William Faulkner in his piece Requiem for a Nun.
This special collection library features William Faulker books and manuscripts, his Nobel Prize and his medals and awards. There are also Civil War and Mississippi History exhibits at this state of the art facility.
Built in 1908, this Faser Hall houses the University Post Office. This was the location where William Faulkner worked as a postmaster. He spent most of his time drawing and writing, and was asked to resign in 1924. Upon his resignation, Faulkner famously stated, "I refuse to place myself at the beck and call of every SOB with the price of a two-cent stamp."
From 1902 until 1906, this small, antebellum cottage was the home of the Faulkner family. The three boys used to play on the front lawn and on the large porch. The home is often host to special events, but, as a private residence, is not open for tours.
This house was the first home of William Faulkner and his bride Estelle Oldham Franklin. They rented a portion of the house from Miss Elma Meek in 1929. It was here that Faulkner penned As I Lay Dying, A Rose for Miss Emily and several other pieces.