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Annette Seay Hines, daughter of original owner
For many years, Aubrey Seay managed the cafeteria at the University of Mississippi, establishing lifelong relationships with faculty and students alike. His love of the university and the surrounding town of Oxford, Mississippi, cemented his reputation before he evened opened the doors on his famous restaurant, The Mansion. From its start in 1942, The Mansion was the place to be. With his grand Marble Room, Mr. Seay could welcome civic clubs, school dances, and even the press that was in town covering the 1962 integration of his dear Ole Miss. Mr. Seay passed and The Mansion burned in 1967, but the memories of the man and his restaurant remain.