The Strand, Oxford, Maryland





The Oxford Museum was founded in Oxford, Maryland, 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, 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. From seventeen members in 1964, Museum membership has grown to over four hundred today. The Museum is essentially an all-volunteer organization that is dependent entirely on the interest and generosity of members, visitors and area residents. With such support, the Museum is able to present a broad spectrum of lectures, displays, research materials, publications, and special exhibits. Yearly visitors now number over 4,000, a remarkable achievement for a small town museum.

Our 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. With only 700 residents, Oxford is remarkably unchanged over the centuries.