John Cofield

Published on February 20th, 2023 | by John Cofield


John Cofield’s Photo of the Week: “Avent’s Gin”

The Avent family of Oxford has impacted the town’s history since the late 1830s. Large land owners and successful businesses are their legacies. And then there was their cotton gin and warehouse. 

An Oxford aura was defined by The Hoka theater and cafe, to be housed on in the old cotton warehouse on the left here, and The Gin restaurant and bar lived in the old gin building straight ahead. Oxford times that bring many smiles and fond memories of late-night Hoka cheesecake and cinnamon coffee, after dancing on the tables at The Gin.

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About the Author

grew up in Oxford. John is the son of renowned University photographer, Jack Cofield. His grandfather, J. R. "Colonel" Cofield, was William Faulkner's personal photographer, and for decades was Ole Miss annual photographer. Four generations of the Cofield family have contributed to Oxford's pictorial history.

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