Note: Rowan Oak summer hours: June 1 through August 1, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m
The grounds at Rowan Oak are open without charge from dawn to dusk daily.
A $5 fee per visitor is charged for house admission. Tour materials for Rowan Oak are available in Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Japanese.
Guided tours are available by appointment only. Please call 662-234-3284 to arrange for a guided tour.
Rowan Oak is closed every Monday and July 4, Thanksgiving, December 24, 25, 31, and January 1.
Horace H. Walton, an Oxford merchant, built the house in 1880. He and his wife, Lydia Lewis Walton, lived there with their three children. After her husband’s death in 1892, Lydia boarded university students upstairs to provide for her family.
In 1895, Lydia married widower Dr. Alfred Young from Como, Mississippi. Their wedding service took place in the parlor of the house. Dr. Young moved in with his son, Stark, and daughter, Julia. Stark Young became a well-known novelist and playwright and was the most famous resident of the Walton-Young House.
The Walton-Young Historic House became a part of the University Museum in 1998 and is currently interpreted as a middle-class Victorian era home. The house is a registered Mississippi Historic Landmark.