The Aw
ard's first winner was John “Chip” Akridge III for his establishment of a wildlife habitat on land he owns along Oxford Road in Oxford, Maryland. This project set an example for other property owners. It had a direct, positive impact on the waters of Trippe Creek and the Tred Avon River and on the aesthetics of the environs of Oxford. The project had three different nominations! While these nominations shared severa2006 Award Winnersl points, each delineated at least one attribute of the project not previously cited. The end result was an appreciation of the wide scope and positive effect this project has on all who live in the Oxford area or are fortunate enough to visit.
Suzanne Hanks, Jeanne Foster, Chip Akridge, and Xan Hanks

2007 Award Winners

Ed Cutts Sr. and his son Eddie, representing Cutts and Case Shipyard, received the award for their preservation efforts on many fronts. Cutts and Case not only continues Oxford’s traditional boat building industry but specializes in restoration of older wooden crafts. The yard maintains a beautiful museum of maritime artifacts, a unique treat for all who walk the streets of Oxford. Finally, the yard is home to Mr. Cutts’ house Byberry, an Oxford original house built in 1695.

In appreciation of a superior restoration project, Susan and Dick Deerin were also awarded the Hanks Preservation Award. In the restoration and remodeling of their Victorian home, the Deerins worked with the town’s various commissions and did an exemplary job of modernizing their home while preserving the integrity and character of the house.

Xan Hanks, Jeanne Foster, Eddie Cutts, Jr. (back).
Dick and Susan Deerin and Ed Cutts, Sr. (front)

Cutts & Case Shipyard, Oxford, MDThe Deerin House, Oxford, MD

                 Cutts & Case Shipyard                                  The Deerin House

An award for Stewardship was awarded to Ted and Jennifer Stanley in recognition of their many and varied projects. The Stanleys were the subject of multiple nominations with eleven different people submitting documentation of their numerous stewardship activities. In addition to their having restored their Town Creek shoreline to a more natural condition, 2008 Award Winnersthey have dedicated land in Jacks PSt. Pauls Churchoint as a nature preserve. They not only have preserved the church and grounds of St. Paul’s Methodist Church but are fastidiously restoring the church as a serviceable building for community events. Finally, with their founding of the Oxford Kids Camp and the after school programs, the Stanleys teach about Oxford’s history and its ecology and allow the children to enjoy the wonderful outdoor activities that make life so sweet in Oxford.
Jennifer and Ted Stanley (seated front) and Leo Nollmeyer

In the service category Leo Nollmeyer stands out as an energetic resident historian. Having moved to Oxford in his youth, he developed a love for the town and an insatiable curiosity about the history of the town. Upon retirement, he returned to Oxford and lent his many talents to the Oxford Museum. He has served on the Board, as a docent and as President of the Museum. He has brought the museum into the computer age with the installation of Museum software and spent countless hours developing and maintaining an accurate archival database of the Museums many artifacts. His love of the local history is most evident when he educates and entertains groups of fascinated tourists, residents, and visitors on his entertaining walking history tours. Whether Leo is entering data, training docents, giving tours or managing the Museum collection, his service to Oxford’s history is exemplary.

The first award was presented to Edwin Lewis for his meticulous restoration of the Amelia C. Ireland House at 220 South Morris Street. With the exclusive use of period building supplies, the German beveled siding and the original wood shutters were repaired. Broken windows were refurbished with period bubble glass. While rebuilding the porch facing Morris Street, all the original architectural detail was retained. Where deterioration was extreme, wood trim was milled for an exact match to the original structure. With new cedar shake and tin roofs, the house stands as a true model of restoration.

Amelia C. Ireland House2009 Award Winners
* Joy Cornetta, representing Edwin Lewis,
with Jeanne Foster and Xan Hanks


2009 Award Winners

Recognized for outstanding service in preservation is a group lovingly known as "The Oxford Fence Guys." The late Ray Schucker, Tony Passarella and Claude Maechling all have contributed their considerable carpentry skills to restore, replace or build new our unique Oxford picket fences for properties throughout the town. While the fences are a tangible contribution to Oxford's preservation, the spirit of neighbor helping neighbor is truly a connection to Oxford's small town past. They build good fences, and they make good neighbors.
Tony Passarella, Beth Shucker, Jeanne Foster and Claude Maechling

* Lewis Award photos courtesy of Attraction Magazine


John Wesley ChurchThis year’s winner, the John Wesley Church Restoration Project, under the direction of a dedicated Board of Directors led by President Kathy Radcliffe, epitomizes the spirit of the award initiated in 2006 in memory of Doug Hanks Jr., a lifelong lover and preserver of Oxford’s unique heritage and history.

The John Wesley Church is listed in the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties as one of the oldest African-American churches in Talbot County. Since 1875 the white frame church has stood as a landmark as one approaches Oxford. Once home to a vibrant congregation, time had taken its toll on the church. In 2003 President Radcliff and her board started on a long journey that brought the church back to health. Funds for construction and an endowment for the future were raised through grant awards and donations from the community. Permits were fought for John Wesley Churchand secured. When asked, professionals were generous with their talents providing pro bono work in areas such as grant application and architectural work. An archeological study was performed, and a geophysical survey located and plotted more than two hundred graves. Many man hours of labor were contributed by local residents over the years resulting in the restoration of the church. Today it stands tall on a new foundation with a strong roof and a bright white exterior. At night the church serves as a beacon as one approaches Oxford. With interior lighting the restored stained glass windows transmit a spiritual welcome for all travelers.

Larry Myers (left) and Jeanne Foster (2nd from right)
with committee members Xan Hands & Kathleen Kurtz
2011 Award Winners
Jeanne Kelly Foster was recognized for her many years of service to the town and its history. Moving to Oxford in 1982, Jeanne quickly became involved in Oxford heritage and history. She is a past president and current member of the Oxford Museum, and past president and board member of the Oxford Community Center. The growth of each organization during her years of involvement helped Oxford preserve its unique identity. Jeanne adopted Oxford as her hometown and the town has never had a more caring “foster” parent.

Lawrence R. (Larry) Myers was recognized for his entertaining and educational exhibits that have captured important aspects of Oxford’s long history. His exhibit, the Golden Age of Oystering, showcased the role of local oystermen. Another exhibit highlighted Oxfordians role in the hunting industry of the Eastern Shore, from decoy makers to professional hunting guides to pickers. His greatest gift to Oxford and art lovers everywhere was his extraordinary effort in putting together the 2009 John Moll Exhibit, the famous artist known for his Chesapeake Bay scenes.

20122012 Award Winners
Winners in this year's competition featured Volunteers of the Oxford Library, and Jennifer Stanley for her restoration of the steeple of St. Paul's Church on Morris Street. In the photo: Ellen Anderson, Oxford Museum executive director; Jan Mroczek, board president; Xan Hanks, committee member; Sally Fronk, representing the Oxford Library volunteers; Jennifer Stanley, award recipient; and committee member, Kathleen Kurtz


Oxford's entry and exit points were honored at this year's awards ceremony.

The Oxford Community Center, a one-time schoolhouse, was given new life with a renovation and upgrades to transform it to a state of the art modern green building.

The Oxford-Bellevue Ferry, at the other end of town, believed to have been the oldest continuously run ferry since 1683, was chosen for its service to the community and for hosting many charity events onboard.



During almost 30 years, Dorothy Fenwick has worked to preserve the history and character of Oxford, including renovating many town properties and by her work on the Oxford Historic Commission. Among her many accomplishments, she led a group of Oxford citizens to prepare an application to have the entire Oxford historic district included in the National Register of Historic Places and commissioned Oxford's own artist, Howard Lapp, to paint a mural of oyster tongers on the north side of the local market.

The team of Tom Campbell and Dorette and Larry Murray were recognized for their tireless efforts to  restore and maintain the Yankee Pedlar, built by Oxford's Curtis Applegarth. For many years it served as a festive holiday greeting bedecked with lights and anchored in Town Creek. In 2009, it was donated to the Museum and, thanks to this year's Award winners, was secured it in its new home on the lawn at the Oxford Community Center.


The Oxford Museum held its annual meeting Friday, June 10, 2016. The highlight of the meeting was the presentation of the Douglas Hanks Jr. Oxford Preservation Award, which for the 10th year recognized those who have worked to preserve the town’s beauty and history.Tot O'Mara, Suzanne Beyda, Howard Lapp and Ellen Anderson Tot O'Mara, Hanks Award Committee chair, and Ellen Anderson, Museum Executive Director, flanking the winners at left, made the presentation.

Suzanne Beyda (second from left) won the award for the restoration of her home at 223 S. Morris St. The house, known as the Margaret Delahay House, dates back to the 1860s and stands as an example of the type of home built in Oxford during the latter half of the 19th century. Beyda was recognized for her willingness to work with the Oxford Historic Commission throughout the restoration, retaining original materials and using historically accurate products when needed. She also retained and repaired the historic windows on the south side of the oldest part of the house, improved drainage in the yard and landscaped the property.

Howard Lapp third from left) was given a lifetime award for his paintings, which capture Oxford scenes and characters. His paintings can be seen in homes and public places, such as the town hall.

The Hanks Preservation Award is under the aegis of the Oxford Museum and honors the efforts of its longtime member and supporter Douglas Hanks Jr., who believed in the museum’s mission to preserve the heritage and share the stories of this unique waterfront community.


The highlight of the Museum’s annual meeting on June 9 was the presentation of the Douglas Hanks, Jr. Award for preservation within the Town of  Oxford. 
Over the eleven years since the first presentation, the recipients of the award have represented many different efforts to preserve Oxford’s treasured heritage. 

This year the award recognized Cheryl Lewis, whose efforts as a very dedicated Administrator Clerk/Treasurer went above and beyond the scope of her position. Cheryl has exhibited her dedication to the town with a high degree of commitment and leadership. She has secured grants relating to the Oxford Mews property, she represented the town in the development of the Oxford Conservation Park, providing the town with a picturesque entrance to the town. She has also worked well with citizens and the Historic District Commission to improve and preserve historic properties. She is truly a public servant, and Oxford’s citizens and the Oxford Museum are very appreciative of her efforts. 

Congratulations Cheryl! Keep up the good work.