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From the mid-1800s to the 1930’s Oxford was a thriving port town fueled by tourism and the oyster boom, enabled by easy access to and from the town to other major cities by water and rail.  The population grew to 1,200, almost evenly divided between black and white residents, and their needs for goods and services grew exponentially.


This new exhibit looks at Oxford in those glory days, when over 68 businesses were operating in the village including 11 grocery stores, a bank, carpenters, dentists, doctors, milliners, livery stables and more. In comparison, the exhibit also presents a look at Oxford today, a town of nearly 800 full and part-time residents. A number of Oxford Business Association members have made contributions to the exhibit, sharing their stories including how their businesses connected to Oxford’s history.


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