Welcome to Oxford, Maryland

Coronavirus COVID-19 message from Oxford 3/23/2020

Per Maryland Governor Hogan’s directive on March 30, 2020:

We are currently under a Government Wide STAY AT HOME ORDER.

Per the Governor’s directives:
"No Maryland resident should be leaving their home unless it is for an essential job or for an essential reason such as obtaining food or medicine, seeking urgent medical attention, or for other necessary purposes."

Anyone traveling into Maryland, from anywhere outside of Maryland is required to “Self-quarantine in place and limit all contact with others for 14 days.” (14 days from the last family member’s arrival date)

Pay for your takeout pickups in advance with credit cards to avoid the exchange of money if possible. Grocery delivery and/or curbside pickup is available through phone app services and online ordering.

Please see the following County Covid-19 link, which consolidates available information and directs people to appropriate sites:


Further information is available at these links:

Talbot County Emergency Management : https://www.talbotdes.org/covid19.asp

CDC COVID-2019 Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Shore Regional Health COVID Information https://www.umms.org/shore/patients-visitors/coronavirus

Maryland Department of Health Website: https://health.maryland.gov/pages/home.aspx

Talbot County Health Department Website: https://health.maryland.gov/talbotcounty/Pages/home.aspx

Talbot County Health Department Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TalbotHealthMaryland/

Talbot County Department of Emergency Services Website: http://www.talbotdes.org/default.asp

Talbot County Department of Emergency Services Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/talbotdes

Please follow the CDC and the Maryland Governor's recommendations and mandates over the next few weeks. Social Distancing is a crucial component of reducing the impact of this virus. Please note gatherings of 10 or more are prohibited, gatherings of less for leisure are not recommended, and the Governor has recommended against the use of recreational facilities, including playground equipment.

Walking is an appropriate exercise done while practicing Social Distancing.

As previously noted, this virus, although mild in young adults and currently of minor impact to children, poses a danger to those over the age of 60 and those who may have compromised immune systems. In addition, the current risk of carrying the virus is much higher if you have traveled by commercial air or cruise in the last three weeks, and catching the virus if you have interacted with someone who has traveled. Because of these risks, we feel it is important that the community of Oxford take extra precautions.

The objective of the Governor, the County, and your local Commissioners is to slow the spread of this virus in order to not overwhelm the hospitals and to reduce community spread to senior members.

Regarding Town of Oxford personnel, although all essential services will continue, we will be reducing our direct interaction with the public in order to reduce any exposure to the employees. Our purpose is to be able to continue all essential services and as such, we must assure the healthiness of the staff. Other administrative functions will continue as best possible, but some services will be delayed until the Governor lifts his orders.

The Town Office is closed to visitors. The staff will be available by telephone and email, with email being the preferred method of contact to: oxfordclerk@goeaston.net

Town Office 410-226-5152 // Urgent issues - 443-496-1761

For police and for all emergency issues always dial 911

Again, you can find information posted on the Talbot County Department of Emergency webpage and it is recommended you follow their Facebook page for updated information.

There will be no more town meetings for the month of March and no Board meetings for the first week in April. Any further Town of Oxford government cancellations will be posted on the bulletin board and on our Facebook page.

Thank you

Cheryl Lewis, Town Administrator

This is a reminder for all of us to be conscientious regarding the concerns of the Coronavirus. Below is the link to Maryland Emergency Management and Talbot County Emergency Management where you can find the most recent information. As many of you already know, we are a vulnerable community and need to be more vigilant than most. At the very minimum, please practice the 6' distancing rule and wash your hands well and often, and check on your neighbors preferably by phone. We will post any updates on our Facebook page: Town of Oxford, MD - if you don't already, please consider setting up a Facebook account as this is a main source of information during emergencies.

Talbot County:

For county updates you can sign up for text alerts:
https://member.everbridge.net/1332612387832213/login https://www.facebook.com/MDMEMA/?__tn__=K-R&eid=ARDvnJlEaa8tHwu39n56m7NmqbpffMC1NjVYeEgZoaU4GRcuUewiLTGF5qo0a-Jw-Ed-orliWsly_opv&fref=mentions

For updates and tips all Marylanders should opt-in to #MdReady, a texting program that allows people to receive messages via text. To opt in, text "MdReady" to 898211 to begin receiving updates, tips, and alerts about COVID-19 and other threats and hazards.

Log Canoes on the Tred Avon August, 2017 - photo by Brian Wells

A charming, tree-lined and waterbound village with a population of less than 1000, Oxford is one of the oldest towns in America and has a long history in maritime activities. Early in the day, you will still find local watermen at the town dock unloading the catch of the day. You can watch the sailboats arriving from all over the bay to dine at the various local restaurants our town has to offer.

While other waterfront towns have succumbed to waterfront condos and glitz, Oxford has retained its historic charm. The tourism and leisure activities are fueled by people's desire for quiet charm, fresh air, summer breezes, and a haven from the hustle and bustle of city life.


The Town of Oxford, Maryland (the "Town") is requesting proposals from qualified and interested persons, for the purchase, design, and redevelopment of a building owned by the Town, commonly known as the "Mews", which is located on certain real property at 105 South Morris Street, Oxford, Maryland and is identified on Talbot County Tax Map 400, as parcel 523. Centrally located within the Oxford’s Historic District, it is one of the few multiuse commercial properties located along Morris Street, directly across from the Town Park. The Town is seeking proposals for the purchase, design, and redevelopment of the Mews for uses consistent with the goals and objectives of the Town’s Comprehensive Plan and other planning documents to ensure the continued viability of this Historic Commercial area.

A complete description of the project and scope of work is set forth in the bid package, which may be requested from the Town Office by email to oxfordclerk@goeaston.net. Sealed proposals will be accepted no later than 4:00 pm on February 7, 2020 February 28, 2020, at the Oxford Town Office, 101 Market Street, Oxford, Maryland 21654 and including a digital copy by email to oxfordclerk@goeaston.net. Interested bidders are encouraged to attend a pre-bid meeting and site visit on January 10, 2020, at 1:00 pm at the Oxford Town Office. All inquiries, site visits, questions, etc. concerning the proposal shall be forwarded by email to oxfordclerk@goeaston.net.

The Town reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, to waive any requirements and to accept all or part of any proposal considered to be in the best interest of the Town. The Town of Oxford is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Discrimination based on age, race, sex, handicap or national origin is expressly prohibited.

Commissioners of Oxford ~ PO Box 339, Oxford MD 21654 ~ 410-476-5122

Past Events

Water/Ways, a traveling Smithsonian Institute exhibit, came to Oxford at St. Paul’s Church, 225 S. Morris St., from July 13 through August 24, 2019. Sponsored by the Oxford Museum & Maryland Humanities, it explored the endless motion of a critical resource, water, and its effect on landscape, settlement, migration, culture and spirituality. Supporting exhibits were at the Oxford Museum, 101 S. Morris St. Admission to both is free.


Water/Ways, a Smithsonian Museum on Main Street traveling exhibit will be in Oxford beginning July 13. Organizations all across Maryland competed for the chance to host this traveling exhibition and the Oxford Museum was one of only six communities awarded the special opportunity.

From above, Earth appears as a water plant with more than 71 percent of its surface covered with this vital resource for life. Water impacts climate, agriculture, transportation, industry and more. It inspires art and music. The Water/Ways exhibit examines water as an environmental necessity and an important cultural element. Many faiths revere water as a sacred symbol. Authors and artists are inspired by the complex character of water. It also plays a practical role in American society. The availability of water affected settlement and migration patterns and access and control of water resources have long been a central part of political and economic planning.

"The Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries are such a critical part of the Eastern Shore’s life and culture that we are thrilled to bring Water/Ways to our community," said Museum President, Stuart Parnes. "Together with many regional partners, we will also be presenting a range of public programs to compliment the Smithsonian’s exhibit." Two companion exhibits are currently on display at the Oxford Museum’s home location at 101 South Morris Street: "Carrying On – Four Centuries on the Oxford Bellevue Ferry" and "A Rising Tide in the Heart of the Chesapeake Bay."

Water/Ways is the sixth Museum on Main Street project brought to small communities through the state by Maryland Humanities.

More information is available at www.oxfordmuseummd.org



2016 Oxford Historic Commercial District Strategic Plan

2017 Oxford Working Waterfront Strategic Plan

Recently approved Ordinances:

These are for informational purposes only, the original documents are stored in the Oxford Town Office and these changes will be incorporated into the official Town of Oxford Code.

By Authority: Commissioners of Oxford, 101 Market Street, Oxford Maryland.


The Town of Oxford is pleased to have available this year’s annual drinking water report. This report is designed to inform you of the quality of water and services that the town delivers to you every day.

If you live in Oxford’s service area, but do not receive a water bill, please pick up a copy of this 2018 drinking water quality report at the Oxford Town Office or download here .


Complete copies of all ordinances, meeting minutes, maps, and other town records are maintained in the Oxford Town Office. This website, and the partial records shown on this website, are provided as a convenience only. This website is not a repository of official public records of the Town of Oxford.