USCG Station Oxford
904 S. Morris Rd., Oxford, MD 21654
In Oxford, the summers are warm and muggy, the winters are very cold and windy, and it is wet and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 29°F to 87°F and is rarely below 16°F or above 93°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.6 months, from May 31 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 78°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 87°F and low of 70°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.3 months, from December 2 to March 11, with an average daily high temperature below 52°F. The coldest day of the year is January 31, with an average low of 29°F and high of 44°F.
The wetter season lasts 4.8 months, from April 2 to August 26, with a greater than 30% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 38% on August 4.
The drier season lasts 7.2 months, from August 26 to April 2. The smallest chance of a wet day is 21% on October 20.
Cost of Living
In Oxford, MD, the overall cost of living index is 97, which is 19% lower than the Maryland average and 3% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Oxford, MD, the city’s goods and services are 1% lower than the Maryland average and 8% higher than the U.S. average.
Getting to Know the Area
Oxford’s laid-back lifestyle may explain why James Michener moved here during the 1960s, when he was writing his classic historical novel Chesapeake. Stroll the brick sidewalks past beautifully restored 18th, 19th, and early 20th century homes en route to the Tred Avon River, a Chesapeake Bay tributary that together with Town Creek wraps around three sides of the town.
Historic inns and B&Bs are sprinkled throughout Oxford including the Robert Morris Inn the childhood home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Restaurants, too, are plentiful in Oxford, ranging from casual to elegant.
Picket fences, painted by local artists, are displayed throughout the town at various business. You can pick up a map at the Ice Creamery, the Museum, the Ferry, or one of the shops in town and take a leisurely stroll to view them all. Every year, the fences are on display in the summer months, then auctioned off in the fall to benefit charities of the artist’s choice.
The Oxford Museum was founded by residents interested in preserving a diverse collection of artifacts and memorabilia that chronicles more than 300 years of Oxford’s colonial and American history.
Only 10 miles from Oxford, be sure to visit the town of Easton. Known as the ‘Colonial Capitol of Maryland’s Eastern Shore,’ it has evolved into Talbot County’s “big city”. Its four-block shopping district borders the historic residential area, a mosaic of Colonial and Federal homes, ornate Victorians, and 1920 bungalows. Downtown you will find boutiques, home décor shops, art galleries, antique stores, and a City Market.
Take a peek at the Academy Art Museum, displaying works from Cassatt to Rembrandt. For an infusion of local talent, pop into the local art galleries located throughout the Town.
For a bit of nightlife, check out what’s playing at the Avalon Theatre, host to classic screenings, performances by national recording artists, local theatre troupes, symphony orchestras; or for a smaller performance atmosphere Night Cat and the Stolz Listening Room where calendars are chock full of well-known musical and comedic artists. A wealth of highly Zagat-rated restaurants offer dining alfresco, casual, and fine dining opportunities where menus are enhanced by fresh local seafood, local produce and famed signature dishes.
If you like the outdoors, check out the Pickering Creek Audubon Center, a 400-acre working farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland situated next to the tidal Pickering Creek in Talbot County, Maryland. Center’s property features a variety of habitats including mature hardwood forest, fresh and brackish marsh, meadow, tidal and non-tidal wetlands, over a mile of shoreline on a tidal creek, and cropland. Two hundred and seventy acres are devoted to low impact “best management practice” agriculture. The farmed acreage of Pickering Creek is its link to the significant farming heritage of the Eastern Shore of Maryland.