Wednesday – August 7th: Oxford, MD

Replica of the 1696 Port of Entry Customs House

Replica of the 1694 Port of Entry Customs House

It’s another laid back day in Oxford. Yesterday was rainy. We went and anchored a few hundred yards from the marina, close to the town dinghy dock. When there was a break in the weather, we took a stroll around town. Even more quaint than St. Michaels. People are very friendly, and every house seems to have a white picket fence. You feel like it is the type of town where nobody bothers to lock their house. The Post Office, bank, Police Station, market, and a large park are all within about three blocks of the dinghy dock. Not to mentions several bed & breakfasts and a museum. I’ve seen a couple antique stores, but no touristy boutiques. As we sit here anchored on the town creek, I count six marinas, and there is a very nice yacht club just around the point. My guess is that a good percentage of people live here in the Summer and go somewhere else for the Winter.

Oxford was laid out on 30-acres in 1666. In 1694, Oxford and Annapolis were named as the only two ports of entry for Maryland from 1694 until the end of the Revolutionary War. After the Revolutionary War, the town went into a long slumber. Today, it is a very quaint little place to visit or live. Population is about 640.

There is a very nice establishment here called the Robert Morris Inn and Tavern. Robert Morris Jr. had lived here, had done exceptionally well in the tobacco trade, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and was one of the main financiers of the Revolutionary War. Our dinner here was excellent.

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