Top Things to Do in Oxford
Oxford’s laid-back lifestyle may explain why James Michener moved here during the 1960s, when he was writing his classic historical novel Chesapeake. Stroll the brick sidewalks past beautifully restored 18th, 19th, and early 20th century homes en route to the Tred Avon River, a Chesapeake Bay tributary that together with Town Creek wraps around three sides of the town. A leafy public park with a playground, a rocky beach with picnic tables is a gathering spot for the locals. Nearby, a small sandy beach along The Strand draws beachcombers searching for shells and sharks’ teeth, along with families wading into the shallow waves.
1 Robert Morris Inn 1710
Historic inns and B&Bs are sprinkled throughout Oxford including the Robert Morris Inn, the oldest full service Inn in America and childhood home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Restaurants, too, are plentiful in Oxford, ranging from casual to elegant.
2 Oxford-Bellevue Ferry - 335 year old!
The Oxford-Bellevue Ferry, in service April through November, is the most scenic approach to the colonial-era town of Oxford. It crosses the gentle Tred Avon River and is a good choice when traveling from St. Michaels or Easton.Captains Tom and Judy Bixler invite you aboard America’s oldest privately owned ferry which began its service in 1683.
3 Take a walking tour of the Oxford Picket Fences
Picket fences, painted by local artists, are displayed throughout the town at various business. You can pick up a map at the Ice Creamery, the Museum, the Ferry, or one of the shops in town and take a leisurely stroll to view them all. Every year, the fences are on display in the summer months, then auctioned off in the fall to benefit charities of the artist’s choice.
4 Oxford Museum
The Oxford Museum was founded by residents interested in preserving a diverse collection of artifacts and memorabilia that chronicles more than 300 years of Oxford’s colonial and American history.