Oxford, Maryland, is a pretty little town on the Tred Avon River, 50 mi/80 km southeast of Baltimore. It is a quieter, less-crowded version of St. Michaels, the popular shore town to the north.

Founded in 1683 and once a busy trade center, Oxford is one of Maryland's oldest towns. Bicycling is a popular activity: The town is full of peaceful streets, many of them lined with antiques shops and historic houses. There's a strip of beach along the shore. Stop by the Oxford Custom House (a replica of the original) and the Oxford Museum (local maritime history).

The Robert Morris Inn, once home to Robert Morris, a shipping agent and friend of George Washington, was built by a ship's carpenter. Wooden peg paneling, ship nails and hand-hewn beams were used in its construction.

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