The storied and unquestionably beautiful town is about half students attending Ole Miss University. It is difficult to shake the days when Ross Barnett incited riots on campus, but the town lurches forward and past that shameful time.
Oxford was also home to William Faulkner, the famous novelist, and his home is still intact, not far from campus. Town square and the ensuing streets provide an apt backdrop for The Sound and the Fury and is definitely worth a morning stroll. This area boasts eclectic restaurants and cultural amenities such as shopping, large college greens and the like.
So despite a sordid history, Oxford is a charming, progressive distinctly southern town. But letting them tell you of their prime hospitality is much more appropriate.