Oxford Historic District Walking Tour (Main Street District)

Discover the architectural grandeur of Oxford's Main Street District

Oxford Historic District Walking Tour (Main Street District)

Oxford, North Carolina 27565, United States

Created By: Oxford Historic Preservation Commission

Tour Information

Please be mindful of traffic when crossing streets, intersections, etc. In it's entirey, the walking tour will take about two hours to complete (1.4 miles). If you so choose, you could also experience Oxford's architecture while driving, too.

Oxford's Main and College Street Districts contains numerious structures of particular architectural interest or historical significance. The districts are an architectural mosaic with three property types: Plantation Era Properties, 1746-1865; Bright Leaf Era Properties, 1866-1937; and to a limited extent, Plantation and Bright Leaf Era Oubuildings, 1746-1937.

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What You'll See on the Tour

This property was the orginal location of the Herndon Hunt Mansion. Dr. Henry Clay Herndon was a physician and owner of Herndon Bank.    
Dr. C White House - Oxford Baptist Church parsonage for 75 years. In 2011 it was purchased by the Dalton family and converted to a Bed & Breakfast. It sold in 2015 and is now a single family home. Located just south of the library, this... Read more
Herndon-White-Sharp House -- this parcel was part of the Rhodes Herndon plantation and was once an outbuilding - if you can imagine this as an "outbuilding". The oldest part of this house is constructed of pegged timbers and beaded weatherb... Read more
This brick bungalow was built by William Henry Fleming - Fleming Tobacco Warehouse.
John G Hall House.  Located at the northeast corner of Main and High streets, this imposing, two-story, truncated-hip-roofed Neoclassical-style house is one of the most impressive in the district. The house is three bays wide and triple-pi... Read more
Has a mansard roof with patterned slate tiles. This style is a Europeon style found during Napoleon III reign (1852-1870).
Hester-Harris House.  The two-story, hip-roofed, Colonial Revival-style house is three bays wide and double-pile. It has a distinctive brick exterior that includes concrete quoins, modeled to look like stone, and concrete lintels and sills... Read more
Dr. GS Watkins - This home is known locally as the "Blood Done Sign My Name" house as it was occupied by the Teel family from 1965-1972 who were written about in Tim Tyson's book by that name. The book tells the story of a piece of Oxford's... Read more
This home was the conveyed to Rev, Robert Devin in 1884and was established as the First Baptist Church in Oxford.
Murray-Johnson House - built in 1913 and was occupied by the editor of the Oxford Public Ledger for many years - Mr. Tom Johnson.
Titus Grandy House - Mr. Grandy owned a great deal of property located behind this home (Grandy Mansion). In 1890 the Oxford Public Ledger reported that Mr. Grandy would be selling off lots of 50x150 of his property however the 3 acre lot c... Read more
Mr Hunt was a partner in the family lumber business and hs wife was a noted portrait painter. He built the sun room on th right side as her art studio because of the excellent light it provided her. The home also boasts considerably beautif... Read more
Originally built on this lot were homes occupied by several Confederate soldiers, however in 1914 the land was purchased by Franklin Hancock Jr, and he constructed this Dutch Colonial style home. Mr. Hancock was a Congressman. This home sti... Read more
Thad G Stem House - Built by the parents of Thad Stem the noted author from Oxford. The elder Stem was  an attorney and Mayor of Oxford. The younger was the author of more than a dozen books and awarded the NC Gold Medal for Literature Awa... Read more
The property was purchased for a home in 10928 but the home was not completed until 1931. Of course we all know what prolific event in US History occurred in that time?  The Great Depression, which gound have played a role in its delayed c... Read more
This is one of the oldest homes in Oxford and one of only 3 surviving 19th century homes made from brick. The Italianate features are seen in the decorative brackets around the porch, tall narrow windows with curved tops. 
Medford-Washington House - This home was also built by Walter Crews in 1926. The Mediterranean flavor features the rounded arches around the front porch, two Tuscan columns and front glass doors instead of windows. The unique tan wire cut b... Read more
Beverly S Royster House - This is the home of General Beverly Royster. He was an attorney in Oxford and a Mason. He was a major patron of the Oxford Orphanage. This home was built for $7800 around 1900. By today's cost that would be $227,00... Read more
This is one of four original structres that made up Oxford Female Seminary. It began as a coed seminary established in 1811. In 1871 it became solely female when it merged with the Oxford Baptist Female College. The four buildings stretched... Read more
Queen Anne Style - a very popular style in Oxford from 1880-1910. These homes feature ornamental woodwork commonly called "gingerbread" details particularly around the verandas.
Beautiful historic home.  Featuring rounded porches with turrets, decorative slate rook, ornamental motifs, original interior light fixtures, and a conservatory!  
This neo-classical style home was a popular design from 1895-1950. Recognized by its Ionic columns, dentils, and wide frieze bands and still with the old hitching posts street side.
One of few pre-Civil War homes in Oxford.  There are no reported battles in or around Oxford the Granville Grays took over 1500 from the county into battle. They led the attack and captured Fort Macon from the Union in 1862.  It is not ah... Read more
This house is very unique because as history tells it, the home began when they purchased the 18th century original courthouse moved it to this property and built this grand Colonial Revival around it. Mr. Ballou was a prominent tobacco bus... Read more
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Augustus Hall House - Mr. Hall was a druggist. His son John Greene Hall opened Hall's Drug Store which operated downtown for over 100 years.
This home is another one of our pre-Civil War homes. The lot was originally bought by the Granville County Sherriff, Lt. Colonel Maurice Smith in 1812 and remained undeveloped until Russell Kingsbury bought it in 1845 and over the next 10 y... Read more
Built for less than $4000. He used a variety of seven different sidings including shingles, German siding, T&G in geometric patterns. The porch has decorative balusters, spindles, medallions and brackets. Two Tiffany glass panels, belie... Read more
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