Jackson, MS 39202
Open: Tuesday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Closed: Sundays, Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day and 4th of July.
Directions: From I-55 North, take Exit 96C at Fortification Street or Exit 96B at High St. and drive west approximately 3/4 mile to Jefferson St. The Oaks is about halfway between High and Fortification Streets on the west side of Jefferson, behind a picket fence.
The Oaks, a Greek Revival-style cottage, was built about 1853 on four acres of land located near the center of Mississippi's fledgling capital city. The house is one of few extant structures that survived the burning of Jackson in the Civil War.
Also known as the Boyd House, it was the home of James Hervey Boyd, Eliza Ellis Boyd, their six children, and numerous grandchildren. Mr. Boyd served his community four times as mayor and was an alderman for at least six terms, including the year 1863 when Jackson was occupied and burned by Union forces.
The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Mississippi purchased the property in 1960 for use as a house museum and headquarters. The Oaks is administered by The Oaks House Museum Corporation.