Bob going in to the restaurant
Hen and Rooster on rest room signs
Old Oxford Cemetery
Granville County Museum in two parts
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...
Granville County Courthouse
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...
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...
The Confederate Monument was dedicated in 1909 by the Granville Grays chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. It stood for about 65 years in the centre of downtown Oxford, North Carolina until it was moved to its present location on Spring Street. The highway...
Masonic Home for Children
The Masonic Home for Children is one of few orphanages that still remain in America. It was founded in 1873 by the freemasons to house mainly orphans. However, it was officially renamed the Masonic Home for Children in 1994 to reflect the new realities that not all children...
KFC Taco Bell: Take-Out
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...
Jones' Discount Drug Lunch Counter: One of the last of a dying breed
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...
Sunrise Biscuits: Rise 'n shine biscuits
Small fast-food type restaurant that serves only biscuits. It serves only breakfast and lunch, open from 5.30-1.30.
Of all the selections, I prefer the bacon and cheese biscuit
Map of the area
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.
Written Sep 9, 2002
Jones Discount Drug Store: A Step Back in Time
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,...
Don't be afraid to speak with the people
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.
Written Sep 9, 2002
The small town slow to change with the times
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.
Updated Dec 3, 2008
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