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Posted: October 2, 2009 12:00 a.m.

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Oxford College publishes history of campus architecture

“Cornerstone and Grove” chronicles the design and setting of Emory’s birthplace

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The old wish, "If these walls could only talk," has come almost literally true for Oxford College and Emory University. Oxford announced today that it has published "Cornerstone and Grove," a history of the campus where Emory University, established in 1836, began. Subtitled "A Portrait in Architecture and Landscape of Emory's Birthplace in Oxford, Georgia," the book was written by Erik Oliver, who is a native and current resident of the city of Oxford.

"There is a special affection that everyone associated with Oxford, especially our alumni, feel for its beautiful campus and its historic buildings," said Stephen Bowen, dean of Oxford College. "We have long wanted to chronicle the development of Oxford's sense of place and to tell the story of its architecture, past and present. We are delighted to make this beautiful and informative book available."

Oliver, who is an Emory graduate and trained historian, begins with the founding of Emory College in Oxford in the nineteenth century and continues through to the current day, depicting the campus's various buildings, some no longer standing.

Interwoven with the story of Oxford's architecture is the history of its landscape and the surrounding environs, and these are richly illustrated with historic photos and drawings.

"It was important to me to dedicate a good portion of the book to the history of the town of Oxford also, because the town and the college were designed and developed together by the Emory trustees in the 1830s as one symbiotic living, learning, working and worshipping Methodist community," said Oliver. "Some of that symbiosis still exists. The book talks a bit about the more prominent, Emory-connected historic homes in Oxford, "downtown" Oxford - when there actually was such a thing - and the personalities, patterns and contributions of the people."

Copies of the $29 book can be purchased from the Oxford College Bookstore; the Oxford College Financial Services office, Seney Hall, Room 107; or from the Arts Association in Newton County, 1106 Washington Street, Covington.

More information, including how to order by mail, can be found at For inquiries on scheduling book signings or for further information, contact Cathy Wooten, Oxford College director of communications, at (770) 784-8331 or e-mail to

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