Visit the "Magnolia State"
Your home away from home
Cypress Woods Place is a secluded wooded 20 acre property located off Main St. in Taylor, MS, just minutes from Oxford, MS, the home of the University of Mississippi. The property features two recently renovated vacation rental homes, with access to a private fishing/canoeing lake, wide open pastures and a beautiful cypress woods trail. Guests enjoy the tranquility of the scenic views with easy access to Ole Miss and the scenic Oxford downtown square shopping and restaurant scene. The property is just minutes away from the famous Taylor Grocery restaurant and renowned Grit restaurant in the Plein Air community. Cypress Woods Place is the perfect getaway for those who want to be near all of Oxford's finest attractions while still being able to enjoy Southern style and charm with beautiful views of nature. Cypress Woods Place offers accommodations for weekend getaways, vacations, family reunions or any special occasion. Two homes are fully equipped with amenities and are available for reservations, either booked separately or together. The Lodge is an elegantly decorated 2,600 square feet home with 4 bedrooms and two living rooms and accommodates up to 12 guests. The Lake House is a 2 bedroom cottage built on piers over the lake, with charming craftsman touches and accommodates up to 6 guests. In addition, Cypress Woods Place offers an elegant setting for small weddings and events. The wooded landscape is a gorgeous backdrop for special moments and photographs. During your stay, you will be able to take full advantage of the lake as well as enjoy all of the comforts of home with our fully furnished amenities.
The Lake House is a 2 bedroom cottage built on piers over the lake, with charming craftsman touches and peaceful views of the woods. The two story cottage accommodates up to 6 people. The cottage was originally built in 1998 by one of Taylor’s own master carpenters and has beautiful wooden beams throughout the vaulted living room and kitchen area as well as the master bedroom. The master bedroom has a king bed and its own bathroom with a whirlpool tub and shower. The master bedroom has a door leading to the main deck. The guest bedroom also has its own bath with a shower and a queen bed. The guest bedroom has a separate covered deck overlooking the lake. The kitchen has a heart pine bar top that is great for gatherings. The open vaulted living room has beautiful views overlooking the lake. The sofa coverts to a queen size bed. Complimentary Wifi and Direct TV are provided for guests’ convenience. The kitchen comes completely furnished with cookware and utensils and includes coffee, cream and sweeteners. A laundry room off the kitchen has a washer/ dryer and a large pantry shelf for guest storage. A Weber charcoal grill, canoe, Jon boat and kayak are provided for guests’ recreational fun.
The Lodge is the perfect rustic home retreat for a memorable football weekend, holiday or any celebration The Lodge is an elegantly decorated 2,600 square feet home with 4 bedrooms and two living rooms. The entire interior of the home is crafted of wood, providing a charming and cozy atmosphere. The house accommodates up to 12 people and has a fully equipped kitchen. The architecture highlights include a large open floor plan, chef's kitchen, screened in porch and large wrap-around porch. The porch gives you plenty of room to relax or entertain any time of the year. The main level is an open floor plan with a large living space. The upstairs of this home features two quiet, peaceful bedrooms with a shared full bath. The upstairs also includes a living space, perfect for watching TV, reading a book or area for kids to play.The upstairs living room also has a fold out couch for extra sleeping space. The downstairs includes a master bedroom with a private full bath and a guest bedroom with 2 sets of built-in twin sized bunkbeds. The bunkbed room is a favorite with children of all ages. The bunk room has an adjoining full bath. The property also features a wood stove heater, Direct TV, complimentary WIFI and washer/dryer for your convenience. A Weber charcoal grill, canoe, Jon boat and kayak are provided for guests’ recreational fun.
Daniel and Abbe Barfield are owners of Cypress Woods Place and are residents of Oxford, MS. They like the peaceful nature of the property and the close proximity to the fabulous restaurants and entertainment in Oxford. Daniel enjoys the challenges of wooded landscape and the management of the 5 acre lake. He loves to get his "hands dirty" with the long list of outdoor improvement projects to the property. Abbe's favorite part of Cypress Woods Place is the people, she handles the marketing and day-to-day operations. The couple has four children, Cooper, Brennan, Spencer and Adrianna. They look forward to spending time fishing, hiking, canoeing and enjoying the outdoors when they stay at the property. Daniel purchased the property in 2013 as a weekend retreat, along with using the Lake House as a vacation rental home. In 2015, Daniel and Abbe renovated an existing structure on the property into the Lodge, living in the home during the renovation process. After the success of the Lake House as a vacation rental home, they decided to also market the Lodge to guests for rental. This coincided with their decision to move into Oxford, to be closer to their other businesses. In 2017, Daniel and Abbe made it official and were married in the pasture between the Lake House and the Lodge under an arbor Daniel built, surrounded by their children and family.
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Daniel graduated from Delta State University in 1994 and began his career. He moved to Oxford, Mississippi in 1998 and founded Barfield Wealth Management in April 2000. He continues to pursue his dream of helping individuals and families reach their financial goals through financial planning. Daniel enjoys traveling, college sports and spending time with his wife and children. He is an avid reader and constantly strives to learn new ideas and gather new experiences.
Abbe is a native of Champaign, IL and has worked in the employee benefits market for 15+ years. In 2016 she and Daniel launched Active Employee Benefits, an insurance agency focused on serving as the primary advocate, advisor and trusted consultant for companies in all aspects of their employee benefit package. Abbe enjoys sharing her time and talents with community organizations, especially those focused on youth and interests of her children. She is the past president of the Monticello soccer club, former cub scout den leader and VBS director. In the past she served as vice-president of the Monticello Junior Womans Club and is a graduate of the Champaign Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership program. Her proudest accomplishment was raising funds to become the American Diabetes Association Kiss-a-Pig winner and subsequently serving as the Gala chair. She attended the University of Illinois.
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Taylor Grocery Restaurant
WELCOME TO TAYLOR GROCERY.
Taylor Grocery & Restaurant
The South’s Best Catfish
Located just to the left at the end of Old Taylor Road on a street named Depot St. Parking is a little undefined, but the faint lines begin just a street lane’s width past the front porch. Show up a bit before 5pm Thursday through Sunday, and you’ll have the pleasure of meeting Mr. Lynn and might even have the opportunity to hear him play the Dobro and sing something like “Amazing Grace” or other favorites
If you’ve never experienced Taylor Grocery, we don’t take reservations… but we do have a party room you can reserve or you can reserve the whole restaurant. We don’t seat you until your entire party is here. Thank you for understanding that policy we have had since we opened. We open at 5pm or close to it and we close between 9pm and 10pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday but definitely at 9pm on Sunday.
There is usually a wait so make yourself comfortable, or get to know the other guests. If you’d like a soda or sweet tea while you wait… just ask. We don’t serve liquor, but many guests tailgate while they wait.
If you didn’t sign the image, you can click the logo up top and that’ll take you back to the beginning. Not sure there’s much room left to sign anything but a table cloth at the restaurant.
Graduation and home football game nights are our busiest so your understanding and patience is appreciated.
If you want Taylor Grocery at your next event, meeting, workshop, party or just for dinner, check out our catering site. Butch will take great care of you, and it’s the same famous Catfish recipe so you know your guests will love it!
You may see the name GRIT and picture a treasured staple of Southern food, but study the blackboard along the back wall of GRIT Taylor and you will find another definition:
Grit in psychology is a positive, non-cognitive trait based on an individual's passion for a particular long-term goal or end state, coupled with a powerful motivation to achieve their respective objective…
Husband-and-wife owners Nick Reppond and Angie Sicurezza take both definitions to heart. At GRIT, they offer sophisticated Southern cuisine with a passion for tradition and experimentation. Nick recreates dishes from his grandmother’s table in Memphis, while incorporating bold flavor combinations from Old World and international cuisine. Guests can find comfort in familiarity while opening their minds to exciting new flavors.
Nick and Angie have made their mark on Oxford’s restaurant scene as veterans of the City Grocery Restaurant Group and as owners of their own company, A&N Catering. The couple now calls Taylor home. GRIT is committed to instilling that sense of home through friendly service and impeccable, locally sourced dishes, offset by the welcoming atmosphere of Taylor’s Plein Air neighborhood. GRIT also honors Taylor’s vibrant arts community, acting as a gallery space for local artists.
Whether driving in from Oxford or Taylor, or coming from farther away, guests can cozy up to a table at GRIT (or enjoy a delicious signature cocktail at the bar) and feel perfectly at home
University of Mississippi
Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi, affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. With more than 24,000 students, Ole Miss is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. Its 15 academic divisions include a major medical school, nationally recognized schools of accountancy, law and pharmacy, and the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, renowned for a blend of academic rigor, experiential learning and opportunities for community action.
The plein air painter’s movement started in France in the 1800’s. Artists emphasized outdoor painting to capture the beauty and simplicity of nature as it was meant to be seen. The light at different times of the day. The shadows in the winter. Simple canvas and easel. Portable. It is with that spirit in mind that we introduce Plein Air—the neighborhood.
Plein Air is an old fashioned traditional southern neighborhood with a vibrant town square. The way it used to be before the automobiles came to dominate our lives. Houses close together with front porches that encourage interaction with your neighbor. Sidewalks that make it easy to walk to dinner, the art gallery, a movie, a concert on the square. A place where kids can roam free and you call them home before supper. You know—the way it used to be
The Mill at Plein Air
The Mill at Plein Air and The Chapel at Plein Air offer a truly unique wedding opportunity. Get married in the gorgeous chapel and walk a few steps to the most unique reception venue in the Oxford area. Both The Chapel and The Mill are built from almost 100% salvaged material reclaimed from century old warehouses, mills, churches, and estate homes. If you are looking for elegance in a timeless atmosphere you have found it.
Welcome to Rowan Oak
Home to William Faulkner and his family for over 40 years, Rowan Oak was originally built in 1844, and stands on over 29 acres of land just south of the Square in Oxford, MS.
The property & grounds at Rowan Oak are open year round, from dawn to dusk. While there’s no fee to visit the grounds, there is a $5 cost for house admission (cash only, please).
In 1930, William Faulkner purchased what was then known as “The Bailey Place”, a primitive Greek revival house sitting on four acres of hardwood and cedar. Colonel Robert Sheegog, and Irish immigrant planter from Tennessee, built the home when he settled in the tiny frontier settlement of Oxford in the 1840s. Faulkner renamed it Rowan Oak in 1931 after the rowan tree, a symbol of security and peace. The house was unoccupied for seven years before the Faulkners purchased it in 1930.
Soon thereafter, he optioned the surrounding acreage (Bailey’s Woods) and settled in with his wife, Estelle, and her two children from a previous marriage, Malcolm and Victoria. Within a few years, their own daughter, Jill, was born. Rowan Oak was the family home of the Faulkners until 1962, the year of William Faulkner’s death. In 1972, Jill Faulkner Summers sold the house to the University of Mississippi to secure it as a place for people worldwide to learn about her father and his work.
Rowan Oak was William Faulkner’s private world, in reality and imagination, and he was fascinated with its history. His writings were inspired by local stories of Indians, runaway slaves, old colonels and spinsters who gave china-painting lessons and are interwoven with his own memories of coming of age in a South torn between traditional ways and modern development. Faulkner’s years spent at Rowan Oak were productive as he set stories and novels to paper, ultimately winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949, and the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award in 1954 for ‘A Fable’. William Faulkner remains one of the most celebrated and studied authors in the world, with conferences, societies and journals dedicated to his life and work.
The Square - Oxford, MS
Nestled in the Hills of North Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi is the home of the University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss. Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner made his home here and found inspiration in the people and places of Oxford and Lafayette County which he fictionalized in his Jefferson and Yoknpatawpha County. Oxford has been featured in a publications such as Conde Nast Traveler, Budget Travel, Southern Living and Garden and Gun. Many writers have followed in Faulkner’s footsteps, making Oxford their home over the years adding to the literary reputation Oxford has become renowned for including: Larry Brown, Barry Hannah, Willie Morris and John Grisham to name a few. Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences including James Beard award-winning chef and owner of five restaurants, John Currence. From down home cooking to upscale culinary creations, Oxford is a food lovers delight.
Sardis Lake is a 98,520-acre (398.7 km2) reservoir on the Little Tallahatchie River in Lafayette, Panola, and Marshall counties, Mississippi. Sardis Lake is impounded by Sardis Dam, located nine miles (14 km) southeast of the town of Sardis. It is approximately an hour drive from Memphis, Tennessee. The dam is 15,300 feet (4,700 m) long, has an average height of 97 feet (30 m), and a maximum height of 117 feet (36 m).
Sardis Dam was the first of the Yazoo River headwaters projects to be built by the federal government for flood control. Authorization for the project came when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Flood Control Act of 1936. Construction took four years and required thousands of men to clear fourteen miles (23 km) along the Little Tallahatchie River, which was characterized by dense woods and undergrowth, and meandering sloughs.
The dam was constructed using a "hydraulic fill" technique that required soil to be dredged from below the dam site and pumped to form the earth fill, which forms the majority of the dam. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built and operated the "Pontotoc", a special dredge powered by two 3,000 hp (2,200 kW) electric motors to accomplish this task. The 425-acre (1.72 km2) "Lower Lake" on the downstream side of Sardis Dam was created by the dredging operation. It has numerous recreation facilities, including John W. Kyle State Park. Mississippi Highway 315 splits while crossing the dam, with one route crossing the top and the other half crossing the base.
Sardis Lake has a maximum storage capacity of 1,512,000 acre feet (1.865×109 m3) of water. The lake is gradually drawn down during the fall and winter months to a "conservation pool" of 9,800 acres (40 km2). This permits spring rains across the lake's 1,545 square miles (4,000 km2) watershed to fill the reservoir without flooding downstream. Since the dam became operational, the dam's emergency spillway has been overtopped only three times by high water - in 1973, 1983 and 1991. The lake's typical "recreation pool" is 32,500 acres.
The lake is popular with anglers and has a reputation for its abundant bass and crappie. Other recreation activities include hunting, camping, boating, skiing, swimming and picnicking
The Sardis Lake Marina services the lake with access to fuel docks, 140 wet slips (both covered and uncovered), a restaurant, and a ship store. They offer rental boats as well as rental skis, tubes, and knee/wake boards.