The town of Oxford, Maryland is celebrating its 325 anniversary this year. Oxford is one of the oldest towns in Maryland laid out in 1694. Located on the Tred Avon River, Oxford thrived as a port of entry prior to the American Revolution, an international shipping center for wealthy tobacco plantation owners. After the Revolution wheat replaced tobacco as the cash crop and it wasn’t until after the Civil War that Oxford once again thrived with the canning and packing industry of oysters from the Chesapeake Bay. Today Oxford with its six marinas attracts boaters and sailors, their boats a beautiful sight on the Tred Avon River.
The picture shows the Bellevue Ferry, a car and passenger transport traversing the Tred Avon River to St. Michaels, Maryland.