The historic port of Oxford made an early mark before and during the Revolutionary War, then spent a century or so settling into the slow life of its fellow Talbot County towns made up of shipbuilding, sailmaking, farming and the oystering and crabbing lives of watermen. Today it is mostly occupied by second-home owners, tourists and boaters. Adding to the charm of this extremely walkable charming town is “The Strand,” a length of white, sandy beach that runs alongside the Tred Avon River right in town. At the intersection of North Morris St., the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry picks up and discharges passengers as it has for more or less 300 years.
In 1683, Maryland’s General Assembly proclaimed this little peninsula settlement a port of entry (the Eastern Shore’s first) and the town of Oxford was laid out. This brought ocean-going vessels, wealthy interest in Chesapeake tobacco from abroad and a flourishing social era. One wealthy patron by the name of Robert Morris had a house built here in 1710, a part of which went on to be incorporated into the town’s well-known Robert Morris Inn. James Michener put the Robert Morris Inn on the map when he famously enjoyed their crab cakes while working on his novel Chesapeake.
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