Welcome to Cedar Oaks!
Built in 1859 by William Turner as his personal residence, Cedar Oaks is a Greek revival structure that has survived a tumultuous past. Molly Turner Orr, the builder’s sister, organized a fire brigade to save the house in 1864 after it was set aflame by occupying Union troops. Nearly a century later, Mary Alice Tate rallied Oxford’s women’s clubs to save it from commercial development and move it 2.2 miles to its current location. It was named Cedar Oaks because of the stately cedars and oak trees on its new site that was donated by T. E. Avent in honor of his wife. Presently, Cedar Oaks is maintained by the Historic Sites Commission and supported by Cedar Oaks Guild. It is available by reservation for private events.
Weddings at Cedar Oaks

For more than 50 years, Cedar Oaks has been the choice for discriminating brides seeking an elegant and intimate venue for their special day. For parties of up to 75 for indoor events and between 150-200 for outdoor celebrations, Cedar Oaks provides a unique venue that combines the uniqueness of a Victorian mansion with modern comforts and conveniences. The beautifully appointed downstairs rooms are perfect for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and as backdrops for glamorous wedding photography. Many brides over the years have descended the central stair in the main hall in their wedding finery or tossed their bouquet from the front porch balcony. Receptions on the lovely front and side gardens are especially wonderful in spring and fall. Find the perfect locale for your special day at Cedar Oaks. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Events hosted at Cedar Oaks

The annual Cedar Oaks Guild’s “Open House and Cookiepalooza” is becoming one of the most anticipated events of the Oxford Holiday season. Always held on the first Sunday afternoon in December, the event features the home decorated for Christmas. Visitors enjoy home-baked cookies and Cedar Oaks Christmas punch in the dining room after they visit each decorated room and hear the docent’s story of the room. Children receive a house map that they get validated by each docent and trade for a packet of cookies to take home after their visit. Santa Claus is on hand for photographs and taking wish lists. Live music by a local artist rounds out the pleasant afternoon to help kick off the Christmas season.

The house is available for rent year round for private special events such as weddings, receptions, and other celebrations. Please use our “contact us” form to get more information about scheduling your own special event at Cedar Oaks.

Take a tour of the home

Cedar Oaks is open every Friday from 11:00am – 4:00pm for public tours. Knowledgeable docents lead tours through the rooms and tell visitors about the home, its builder, and the history of Oxford since 1857. Visitors may take pictures during their tours. Self-guided tours of the grounds and the adjacent park are also available. There is no admission charge for tours. Tours at times other than Fridays may be arranged by contacting us. Please see our contact page to get more information about tours.