***If you are new to the area, the first thing you will want to do is to locate the Oxford Community Center, which offers free coffee every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.. Come join us for some friendly conversation!
There is a plethora of activity always happening at the OCC. Some events are recurring, like the following:
***Every Tuesday at 10 a.m., the Oxford Community Center hosts an open art studio in our arts & crafts classroom. Artists bring their own materials to work on their projects in the company of other artists. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated.
Cars and Coffee: be sure to stop by the OCC from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. the first Saturday of the month from March until November to view vintage cars. Weather dependent!
New! Acoustic Open Jam Sessions: Starting 9 May 2017 at the OCC! Bring your instruments and strum along from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Or, just come pull up a chair and listen!
You’ll want to bookmark the OCC for all its events!! http://oxfordcc.org
Take a Ride on the Oxford Bellevue Ferry! Captains Tom and Judy Bixler invite you aboard America’s oldest privately owned ferry. Why not take a short ride across the Tred Avon River and enjoy the beautiful scenery! The ferry can carry up to nine cars, numerous motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians on each trip. RV’s, trucks and trailers are also accommodated. Your “ferry tale” awaits! Service begins at 9:00 a.m., except closed December through March. Cash/Check only please! ATM available at the Market and the Oxford Bank. The Ferry is at the end of Morris Street & The Strand. For information, call 410-745-9023, or go to their website at www.oxfordbellevueferry.com. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the Owners: Captains Judy and Tom Bixler
Dockside Boat Rentals – Rent a bike, paddle board, jet ski, kayak or boat at Dockside Boat Rentals! Enjoy some time out on the water and experience the beauty of Oxford. Dockside Boat Rentals has the sporting equipment just for you! Located at 104 W. Pier Street. Call 410-652-6533 to make reservations, and have your sporting equipment delivered to you on the Tred Avon River!
Relax and enjoy the scenery, overlooking the river! Have a picnic in the shady park while the kids swing and play! Just the way we like it!
Pay a visit to the Oxford Museum on Morris Street! It was founded in 1964 by a group of residents dedicated to preserving and displaying Oxford’s 300 plus years of colonial and American history. Located in the center of town across from the park, the wheelchair-accessible Museum displays a diverse and ever-growing collection of artifacts and memorabilia that chronicles the fascinating story of one of the oldest towns in America and, for its size, one of the most significant. The museum collection has more than 2,500 artifacts representing the cultural, historic and economic evolution of Oxford from one of the country’s earliest colonial ports through the American Revolution, the Civil War, the halcyon days of railroads, oysters and watermen, and its place as one of the premier sailing destinations on the East Coast. From the Indians early encampments to the modern day yachtsmen, the Museum presents a snapshot of all these intriguing periods of Oxford history.Take a self-guided walking tour and see the unique homes and places in Oxford (maps available for purchase in the museum.) http://www.oxfordmuseummd.org/
The Robert Morris Inn, was once the home of Robert Morris, Sr, and dates from 1738. Originally it served as a boardinghouse, but now serves as a beautiful B&B and 5-star restaurant. Be sure to include a stop for lunch in the tavern, or fine dining.
Some of the things you won’t want to miss seeing on the tour are the unique Victorian era houses throughout the historic part of town. Be sure to include 216 Morris Street, where the early post office stood, home of Miss Molly Stewart, the longest serving postmaster in U.S. history — for 63 years!
The Academy House at 205 Morris Street was established by General Tench Tilghman and was the original quarters of the Academy’s instructors.
309 Morris Street is known as the Grapevine House. It was built in 1785. You can see one of the original grapevines still adorns the property today.
Take a Walking Tour the Oxford Picket Fences! 2018 will mark the 10th Annual Oxford Picket Fence Display. Fences are painted by local artists and displayed throughout the town at various business establishments. Pick up a map at the Ice Creamery, the Museum, the Ferry, or one of the stores in town. Take a leisure stroll to see them all! Every year, the fences are on display in the summer months, and then auctioned off in October at the Oxford Community Center for charities of the artist’s choice. Want to bid on one but can’t be here? Send us a note and we’ll send you a proxy bid sheet! All of the fences, including past years, can be found under “About Oxford/Special Events”. These are truly a unique piece of artwork on the Eastern Shore!
If you’d rather take your bike out for a ride while you are here, visit the bike map link for the classic bike trips on the Eastern Shore! Some of the best biking routes can be found in this area! You can also easily tour the Picket Fences on your bike! Bikes are available for rent by the hour or the day!
Everyone loves Ice Cream, and Oxford boasts having the best on the Eastern Shore! In fact, Trip Advisor voted the Highland Creamery in the top 5 ice cream shops across the United States this year! (Click here for article). If you haven’t had the Scottish Highland Creamery ice cream, you are in for a real treat! Folks come from miles away just to indulge in the wonderful freshly made ice cream. Located at the end of Tighlman Street! Usually opens at noon and closes at 9 pm. Closed on Tuesday/Wednesdays after Labor Day, and then for the season at the end of October.
Oxford’s Community Center has recurring events throughout the year, so be sure to check their website below (or on our Events at a Glance) for a current listing. They just might have a play in session! Oxford Community Center is a privately funded non-profit organization whose facilities are used and programs designed for the entertainment and education of the entire Oxford community and surrounding area. www.oxfordcc.org
Customs House: Be sure to take a look at the replica of the Customs House on the corner of the Strand and Morris Street when you get off the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry in Oxford. The original building was located at the Isthmus Plantation across the Tred Avon River and was built by the first customs officer appointed by George Washington in 1791. The Town Office can let you inside to take a look around during weekday business hours.
Looking for a unique souvenir? Visit one of our specialty stores while you are walking about town! Take home something special to remember your time in Oxford! You’ll find many Eastern Shore treasures and antiques at the Treasure Chest!
Oxford boasts having a unique bookstore like no other! You’ll discover specialty books about the Chesapeake region and books to educate and amuse at Mystery Loves Company Booksellers. You’ll be certain to find a good book to read while you are relaxing. The book store hosts monthly book signings, so be sure to check their website or look under Events at a Glance to see what’s happening while you are in town!
If you haven’t noticed, Oxford is a ‘dog friendly town!’ If you couldn’t leave home without yours, be sure to bring the pup to the new Play Ball! Dog Park, located on Bachelors Point Road and within walking distance of the town. (Be sure to bring your furry friend’s shot records if you plan on boarding your pet for part of your stay.) Click Here for Hours of Operation and Rules and Regulations.