Reasons to Visit Oxford, Maryland

Things to Do
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Oxford, Maryland
Mural
Watermen Mural in Oxford, Maryland
Oxford, Maryland, is a waterfront, historic town located in Talbot County on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Oxford originated in 1683 as a major shipping port for tobacco until the American Revolutionary War. After the war, the economic crop changed from tobacco to wheat.  After the Civil War, the town economically thrived on the oyster industry. Today, Oxford is populated with residents, watermen, and tourists. It is a quaint, quiet place to enjoy the serene waters of the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Sail on the Tred Avon River
Tred Avon River Oxford MD
Tred Avon River Oxford MD
Buy picnic provisions from the Oxford Market and Deli at 203 S. Morris St.
Oxford Market, Oxford Maryland
Picnic at the waterfront park on Morris St.
Oxford Park on Morris St
Spend the day at Strand Beach on East Strand Rd., and search for sea glass.
Strand Beach, Oxford, Maryland
Stay and/or dine at the historic Robert Morris Inn and Tavern.
The Robert Morris Inn Oxford Maryland
The Robert Morris Inn Oxford Maryland
Learn about local Black history at the John Wesley Church and graveyard – Oxford Rd.
John Wesley Church Oxford Maryland
John Wesley Church Oxford Maryland
Pay respects to original residents of Oxford at the Oxford Cemetery. Famous graves include Tench Tilghman, who was the Aide-de-Camp to General George Washington.
Historic Oxford Cemetery, Oxford, Maryland

 

Bike ride around the town.
Get an up-close view of the beautiful homes and gardens. The terrain is flat and perfect for biking.

Enjoy a ride on the Oxford – Bellevue Ferry
The Oxford – Bellevue Ferry links Bellevue (near St. Michaels) and Oxford across the Tred Avon River. This ferry has been operated since 1683 and is known as the oldest privately own ferry in the United States. Enjoy the scenery during the 10-minutes long ferry ride. The ferry runs from April to November.
Visit www. Oxfordferry.com for more information.
The Oxford – Bellevue Ferry, Oxford, Maryland
Check out special events throughout the year.
Events include the resident artist studio tours, garden tours, Paint Oxford Days, Oxford Day, Fine Arts Fair, Cardboard Boat Race, the Oxford Regatta,· Waterfowl weekend, and Christmas on the Creek.
Artist Studio, Oxford, Maryland
For more information on visiting Oxford, Maryland, and other parts of Talbot County,
visit: https://tourtalbot.org/resources/maps-brochures/ 
To view and buy photographs of Oxford, Maryland, and the Eastern Shore of Maryland, please visit my online gallery at
https://jacquelinelarocca.com/galleries/maryland/

 

 

In Search of Civil War History in North Carolina

Plantation House
Somerset Place, Creswell, North Carolina

In early June 2021, my husband Michael and I went on vacation to North Carolina in search of Civil War historical sites. Our first stop was Bennett Place in Durham, North Carolina. Bennett Place State Historic Site was the site of the largest surrender during the Civil War. The surrender took place April 17th through April 26th, 1865, between Generals Johnston and Sherman. In the middle of surrender negotiations, the Generals learned of John Wilkes Booth’s assassination of President Lincoln on April 26th  which complicated the terms of the surrender.

Politicians criticized Sherman in Washington, D.C. for being too generous with the terms of surrender to Johnston’s Confederate troops. Sherman and Johnston became close friends after the war. General Johnston was present at General Sherman’s funeral and refused to wear a hat despite the bad weather. As a result, Johnston caught pneumonia and died not long after. Johnston is buried in Greenmount Cemetery in Baltimore, MD.

For more information visit: (http://www.bennettplacehistoricsite.com)

Bennett Place, North Carolina

 

Somerset Place-146
Somerset Place-146

Our second confederate history stop in North Carolina was Bentonville Battlefield, in Four Oaks, N.C. The Battle of Bentonville occurred from March 19th to 21st, 1865. It was the largest battle fought in North Carolina. At this site is a monument marking a mass grave of unknown Confederate soldiers. There is also a visitor center, a self-driving tour of the battlefield, and a tour of Harper House that was used as a hospital for both Union and Confederate troops during the battle.

For more information, visit: https://historicsites.nc.gov/all-sites/bentonville-battlefield.

Bennett Place, North Carolina-23
Bennett Place, North Carolina-23

The third stop on our confederate history trip was to Somerset Place, in Creswell, N.C. Somerset was an active plantation from 1785 to 1865. It was one of the largest plantations in the area. Now owned by the state of North Carolina, visitors can tour the main house, enslaved buildings, and the grounds. The visitors center provides a historical timeline profiling the members of the landowners and several of the enslaved persons.

For more information, visit: https://historicsites.nc.gov/all-sites/somerset-place

 

Top Ten International Travel Tips

Top Ten International Travel Tips
Erechtheion-Acropolis of Athens
Erechtheion-Acropolis of Athens

You have booked your international trip. You are excited! You are ready to relax and have fun. Some simple planning ahead can make the difference between an enjoyable trip versus a stressful one. Here are my top ten international travel tips to help you have an enjoyable trip.

  1. Get Global Entry Application– to avoid immigration lines and speed through customs https://ttp.dhs.gov/
  2. Wear socks going through security. You will have to remove your shoes for TSA screening, so wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off and wear socks (you don’t want to walk on the dirty floor in bare feet).
  3. Plan to watch movies – bring your tablet and high-quality earplugs or check out what the airline has to offer. I calculate the number of movies needed to equal the length of the flight time (generally speaking, for an eight-hour flight, I plan on four movies).
  4. Dress for comfort – regardless of the time of year, the temperature on airplanes can vary, so dress in layers. However, keep your shoes on because your feet expand during the flight, and you don’t want problems trying to get your shoes back on before landing.
  5. Stay hydrated on the plane with eye drops, lip balm, and lotion. Drink lots of water.
  6. Smooth through security by just answering the questions. Don’t engage in needless conversation. If they want to take a closer look at your luggage, be polite and don’t argue. They are doing their job to keep everyone safe.
  7. Keep medications with you, not in your luggage.
  8. If traveling to a remote destination, buy evacuation insurance so you can be medically stabilized and airlifted back home
  9. Travel light – do not overpack!
  • Pack no more than three pairs of shoes
  • Pack one nice outfit for going out at night
  • Leave expensive jewelry at home
  • Don’t use flashy luggage
  • Bring a cross-body purse to guard against theft.
  • Bring international voltage adapters for your electronics
  • Know the dress code before you go: Europeans don’t wear blue jeans; khakis are best. Churches and temples require modest clothing (shoulders and knees covered). Don’t wear your daisy dukes cut-off shorts and a halter top to the Vatican – you won’t be allowed in.

10.   Familiarize yourself with the laws of the country you are visiting.  Getting arrested on vacation is no fun. For example, I did not adhere to cross walking      signs in Thailand and got in trouble (thankfully not detained)

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