Oxford, Mississippi: William Faulkner's Grave

Author William Faulkner (1897-1962); fans leave whiskey and pennies on his tomb. Faulkner added the "u" in his name, so you'll also see dead Falkners here.

Oxford Memorial Cemetery

Address:
498 N 16th St., Oxford, MS
Directions:
Oxford Memorial Cemetery. From Courthouse Square go north on N. Lamar Blvd. Turn east on Jefferson Ave. Turn north on N. 16th St. The cemetery will be on your right. Stay on N. 16th Street, however, as the grave is at the bottom of the hill on N.16th St, just east of the historical marker.
Admission:
Free
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William Faulkner's Grave

A professor at Ole Miss told me that most visitors to Faulkner's grave leave the wrong brand of whiskey. He preferred George Dickel.

[Gary Austin, 04/01/2019]

The professor may need to modify his theory: William Faulkner died in 1962, and George Dickel brand "whisky" -- Dickel always left out the "e" -- wasn't introduced until 1964. Faulkner perhaps favored Cascade Whisky, which was produced by the George Dickel Company during his lifetime.

Offerings at Faulkner's grave.

William Faulkner's Grave

In addition to booze bottles, people also leave lots of pennies on William Faulkner's grave.

[signmanjoe, 04/27/2016]
William Faulkner's Grave

The author's grave site is in a graveyard dating back hundreds of years. Customary to take a shot of whiskey (Faulkner's drink of choice), pour some on the grave, and leave the rest for him to enjoy in the afterlife.

[Alex, 02/25/2016]

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