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Oxford History & Heritage

The history of Oxford, Ohio is rich with heritage. Not only does Oxford feature Miami University, but is also home to the William Holmes McGuffey Museum that exhibits materials relating to William Holmes McGuffey's life. Visitors can also look in to the history of Oxford, Ohio and Butler County at the Smith Library of Regional History, which features special collections chronicling Butler County's communities.

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Smith Library of Regional History

441 S. Locust St. Oxford OH 45056
Location: Oxford

Named for the family who gave it to the Lane Public Libraries, the Smith History Library collects, preserves, and disseminates information on the history of southwestern Ohio. Special collections include maps, photos, newspapers, letters, diaries, and books chronicling the history of families...

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University Historic District

14 W. Park Pl. Oxford OH 45056
Location: Oxford

A self-guided walking tour booklet of the University Historic District is available from the Oxford Visitors Bureau and from the Smith Library of Regional History. The district, located just east of the city center, is a neighborhood with many pre-Civil War homes overlooking Miami's original...

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Uptown Oxford Historic District

14 W. Park Pl. Oxford OH 45056
Location: Oxford

The Uptown Oxford Historic District includes commercial, residential, recreational, and religious sites in the High Street business district. A self-guided walking tour booklet highlights a 12-block area and provides brief descriptions of the historical and architectural significance of nearly 100...

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Western College for Women Historic District

441 S. Locust St. Oxford OH 45056
Location: Oxford

A private women’s school, the Western College for Women began as the Western Female Seminary in 1853 and was named because it was the “western” representation of Mount Holyoke in the East. Although the College closed in 1974, and its hillside campus became part of Miami University, historic...

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