The L.Q.C. Lamar House is many things...
Built by Lucius and Virginia Lamar in 1869-70, the house originally sat on 30 acres. Today the remaining three acres between 616 N. 14th Street and N. 16th create a park-like setting in the heart of Oxford. Benches offer a private, tranquil place to read a book, chat with a friend, or simply relax.
An imposing likeness of L.Q.C. Lamar faces the front porch, a fitting companion to the relaxed William Faulkner outside City Hall. Taylor artist Bill Beckwith sculpted both, as he did B.B. King for the singer’s museum in Indianola. A state champion osage orange tree, estimated to be 150 years old, claims a unique presence on the property.
As Oxford rose from the ashes, Lamar prepared to become a statesman in his house. Today the handsome Greek Revival retains its original appearance along with a few of its original furnishings. Verging on collapse, it went through a meticulous year- long restoration completed in June 2008. A short video captures that process.
Professionally designed exhibits complement the interior of the house. They tell Lamar’s story against the backdrop of a divided nation. Through both its tragic split and difficult reunion, politics shaped Lamar’s life.
Visitor Comments: “A lot to learn here.”
“Much is relevant to today.”
“The most tasteful and appropriate exhibit I’ve ever seen.”
“An incredibly enjoyable and informative experience.”
The mission of the L.Q.C. Lamar House Museum is to interpret the life and career of the distinguished 19th-century statesman L.Q.C. Lamar within the context of his times and to encourage the ideal of statesmanship in the 21st century.
A National Historic Landmark
In 1975, the L.Q.C. Lamar House was designated a National Historic Landmark for its significance to “Political and Military Affairs 1865-1900.” There are two other NHLs in Oxford, MS, both also historic houses. In different categories of significance, they are Rowan Oak and Ammadelle.