The Granville County Historical Society Museum opened in 1996 in the county's old jail building. The museum operated there for 4 years until acquiring a larger facility. In 2000, the jail site closed and the Harris Exhibit Hall opened. The old jail building was reopened in 2006 as the Granville County History Museum which shows a permanent exhibit...more
Oxford became the county seat for Granville County in 1811, the county seat before that was Granville Courthouse. The current courthouse was completed in 1840. The courthouse was constructed in a Greek Revival style. The courthouse has expanded down through the years, but the formal courtroom is in the older portion on the second floor.more
Most of the houses built from the Revolution through to the 1900s show a preference for frame construction rather than brick, stone, or log. As Granville County became more affluent, the style of architecture changed. The Georgian and Federal styles were prominent from the Revolution through to the 1830s. This is a sharp contrast to that of the...more
Since it was too early for dinner at a restaurant, we stopped here and got take-out for at the hotel. For some reason the buffet wasn't open although it was advertised extensively I got a 2 piece extra crispy dinner with mac and cheese, cole slaw and a biscuit for $6.19Bob got his dinner regular with potato salad, biscuit and cole slaw for the...more
For purists and restaurant snobs, this isn't a true restaurant. However, it was no less a culinary experience for me. Since drug store lunch counters are disappearing so fast, I had to stop and take a picture (and a chili dog) here. UPDATE: Sadly, Jones Drug Store has closed sometime in 2009. It was still open when I was there in late November,...more
Going by car is the only way to get to Oxford proper. Oxford is located off Interstate 85 (exit 204), in close proximity to Raleigh and Durham, NC.
Stepping into Jones Discount Drug Store was like stepping back in time. It was a relief that some such old-style drug stores were still very much in business and hadn't gone the way of Faulkner & Lawson's (a similar small-town drug store with lunch counter in South Boston, VA that went out of business in 1999). The store had that old look and feel...more
32 Reviews and Opinions
The people are exceedingly friendly. Don't be surprised if the townspeople try to engage you in conversation despite being new to the town. When I most recently visited Oxford, I had a my Brazilian soccer shirt on, so I looked more like an outsider than I really was. Folks would regularly engage me in conversation. The architecture and downtown are not the only things to remain the same in Oxford.
Favorite thing: It's not a bad thing that Oxford is slower to change. Newer does not always mean better. It seems to be the most unspoilt small town I've run across. Other small towns have seen their downtowns decimated by various chain stores. Not Oxford. Virtually all store slots in the downtown area closest to the courthouse are filled. The old-style drug store complete with lunch counter thrives as of November, 2008 despite the presence of national chain competitors down the street. The architecture of College Street from the Masonic Home for Children through to downtown hasn't lost its old-style charm.