City of Oxford

About Oxford Main Street

Settled in the 1830s and incorporated in 1852, Oxford is located in the southernmost region of Calhoun County and parts of Talladega and Cleburne Counties with a population over 22,000 residents. In 2014, Oxford was one of three cities in Alabama selected to become a designated Main Street community.  Since then we have been working diligently to make downtown the hive of activity it once was.   The mission of Historic Main Street Oxford is to bring prosperity and vitality back to our historic downtown, to celebrate our past while keeping an eye to the future.

Historic Downtown Oxford offers a unique experience for everyone:
• First class performing arts center that accommodates 1,130 guests
• Locally owned and operated coffee shop, ice cream shop, and peanut food stand
• Variety of interior design and specialty shops
• A Southern home-cooking restaurant also locally owned and operated
• Three art galleries, two of which are located at the Oxford Performing Arts Center- Martin-Lett Gallery of Art & Wren’s Nest at OPAC (Home gallery of Larry K. Martin)
• Three historic churches- Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyterian
• Walking distance to five historic homes listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage and one listed on the National Register of Historic Places 


Oxford continues to champion a livable, vital, and thriving main street area for the people who live, work, and shop here.
HOMES FOR SALE in historic main street Oxford (June 2021)


Sites of Interest

Clardy Mansion- c. 1880

621 College Street
Listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage
Built for professors and students of the Oxford College

Private Property

Clardy-Yoe-Stewart House- c. 1860

312 Snow Street
Listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage

Private Property

Clock- c. 2019

Corner of Main and Choccolocco Streets

Coca-Cola mural- c. 2018

601 Main Street
Replica of original sign

Davis C. Cooper House- c. 1911

301 Main Street
Listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage and National Register of Historic Places
Home of five-term Mayor, Davis C. Cooper

Private Property

Dodson Presbyterian Church- c. 1857

801 Main Street
Rumored to have been apart of the Underground Railroad during the Civil War
Extensively renovated in the 1890s to Eastlake Victorian Style

Eli Bridge Company Ferris Wheel- c. 1967

25 West Choccolocco Street

Private Property

Gunnels-Wingo House- c. 1870s

225 East Oak Street
Listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage

Private Property

Patillo House- c. 1865

112 Gray Street
Listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage
Home of paternal grandparents of “Lady Bird” Johnson

Private Property

Simmons Park & Gazebo

Corner of Main and Oak Streets
Given to the City of Oxford in the 1860s as a public park

Local Attractions

Shopping & Retail

​Above & Beyond
Ace Hardware- Oxford Lumber
Cotton Antiques
Dorsey's Supermarket
Go Pink Studio
Onyx & Opal
Sarah Cavender Metalworks
The Main Olive
The Tackle Box

Food & Drink

​First Class Ice Cream
Hubbard's Off Main
Pastime Peanuts
Southern Girl Coffee Co.

Arts & Entertainment

​Oxford Performing Arts Center
Oxford Senior Citizens Center
The Territorium
The Wren's Nest at OPAC

Houses of Worship

​Dodson Memorial Presbyterian Church
First Baptist Church of Oxford 
First United Methodist Church of Oxford
Glory House of God
Living Stones Baptist Church

Professional Services

Ballard Dental
Bama Warehouses
Caring Medical Equipment & Storage
Choccolocco Creek Watershed
Cleghorn HVAC
Dempsey's Barber & Styles
Dynamic Staffing
Enzor & Maniscalco Attorney's at Law
Extreme Color Concepts
Farmer's Insurance
Grizzard Land Surveying
H&H Home Realty
Hartwell Masonic Lodge
HOUSE Counseling
Licensed Massage Therapy Associates
Littleton Electric
Mark Lee Insurance Agency
Medmark Treatment Centers
New Adventures Learning Center
Oxford City Schools Board of Education
​Oxford Cleaners
Oxford Dental
Oxford Eye Clinic
Oxford Primary Care & Weight Loss Center
Oxford Water Department
Parnell Insurance Agency
Posche Salon
PT Orthodontics
R & R Travel
Ra-Lin Construction
Rice, Rice, & Smith
Spa Bleu
State Farm Insurance
Stepping Stones to Success Counseling 
The Vine Chiropractic
Tracy Bonner Salon
Wells Fargo Bank


Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events - Historic Main Street Oxford

For more information and details of events, please follow Historic Main Street Oxford on Facebook.


Market on Main

Join us Saturday mornings in Spring 2022 at Simmons Park from 9 AM to1 PM. Our market will feature local artisans, produce, music, and food vendors.

Saturday, April 23 - August 6, 2022- 9 AM-1 PM



Images of America: Oxford


Hunter C. Gentry and Amy E. Henderson have collaborated to create Images of America: Oxford from collections at the Oxford Public Library, Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County, and private collections. Gentry and Henderson are both employed by the city of Oxford and are interested in the preservation and promotion of Oxford’s history.

The series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title represents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia Publishing is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available for all.


Our Members

Board of Directors

Brad Cleghorn, owner of Southern Girl 
Coffee Co.
Jeremy Farr, NobleBank

Haley Helms, office assistant House Counseling
Charlotte Hubbard, city council member & owner 
of Hubbard's Off Main
Robin Leonard, retired Dorsey's Super Market
Gerry Lyons, Oxford Police Department
Karen Grammer, owner of The Main Olive
Corey McWhorter, Region's Bank
Debbie Nothdurft, retired Oxford City Schools
​Gwen Parrish, owner of The Vine Chiropractic
Ben Stewart, Oxford Fire Department
Tonikos Vandiber, owner of Pastime Peanuts
Grace Jancsek, owner of Succ It Up


Downtown Business Members


Cotton Antiques

HOUSE Counseling

Mark Lee Insurance Agency

Oxford Cleaners

Parnell Insurance Agency

Pastime Peanuts

Rice, Rice, & Yates, PC

Sarah Cavender Metalworks

Southern Girl Coffee

The Terrortorium

The Vine Chiropractic

Chris Bobo- Keller Williams Realty


Hunter Gentry, Director


Main Street Board Meetings are held bi-monthly on the first Monday at 4 PM at the Oxford City Hall. 
For information regarding the set up, operations, and policies of the Historic Main Street Oxford Board, please "click" on the links


Oxford continues to champion a livable, vital and thriving main street area, and each award-winning project has made a demonstrable impact on our city and the people who live, work and shop here.



Get Involved

Join our team at the Historic  Main Street Oxford! If you enjoy downtown revitalization and development, historic preservation and the arts and want to help other people enjoy them as well, consider becoming a member of our Volunteer Team or committee member!

Volunteers are a crucial part of the success of the Main Street Program. Our volunteers are a diverse and fun group to work with and enjoy sharing their time and talents with us.

Why invest in Historic Main Street Oxford?

Support local business & entrepreneurs 

Creation of jobs for our residents
Preservation efforts to one-of-a-kind buildings
Creation of local conveniences and additional choices for shopping & entertainment

Click the link below to view and complete our Volunteer Application. Please email completed application to or mail to P.O. Box 3383, Oxford, AL 36203.