2017 Lick Skillet Music
The Legend of Lick Skillet Music and Heritage Festival celebrates the heritage and history of Oxford, Alabama, by gathering our community together and providing a place to display handmade wares, serve delicious foods, listen to music performed by local artists and have fun.
Oxford has always focused on its residents, even as far back as its founding in 1830 as the town of Lick Skillet. An article by Benjamin Dudley Williams, son of Oxford's first mayor Dr. S.C. Williams, relates the town’s growth from founding to renaming as Oxford in 1850, up until the piece’s writing in 1900:
“‘Lick Skillet, Benton County, Alabama,’ is the way it was written away back in the early 1840s. Now it is ‘Oxford, Calhoun County,’ One -- an unpretentious hamlet of a dozen or so widely scattered families amid primeval forests, the other -- a bustling little city of two thousand souls, the metropolis of the peerless Choccolocco valley.”
He also explains the legend of the original name: “One day a gentleman passing through the hamlet stopped at the store to inquire where he could get dinner. He was directed to a certain place kept by a Mr. Edge, a shoemaker who cared for travelers, and on the gentleman’s return, in reply to inquiry as to whether he had found anything to eat, said, ‘Yes, but I had to lick the skillet.’”
Though the story relates humble beginnings, Oxford has since grown into a metropolitan hub for commerce in Calhoun County and Alabama at large.
We welcome you to join us at our festival and take in the rich heritage that Oxford offers.
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