The quiet residential town of Oxford was proclaimed a Port of Entry as early as 1694, and quickly became a trade center bustling with activity. Although Oxford gradually faded from the forefront as other Chesapeake ports grew and flourished, the town is still a charming locality renowned for its ship-building craftsmanship. Oxford also serves as a popular destination for yachting enthusiasts. Housing options offer a variety of architectural styles, from beautiful waterfront properties to quaint colonials along quiet, tree-lined streets. Newcomers to Oxford will be delighted to meet friendly new neighbors and absorb the slower and more relaxed pace of small-town life. Common sights for Oxford residents include leisurely cyclists along shaded avenues, people strolling down “The Strand” of sandy beach, and children tossing breadcrumbs to the bayside ducks and birds.