Seven roads come together in southwestern Chester County. Oxford sits at the center. The borough’s roots trace back to 1754, when it was known as Lower Oxford Township. It wasn’t until 1833 when Oxford was incorporated into a borough — the second in the county behind West Chester, the county seat.
Nestled halfway between Philadelphia and Baltimore, Oxford owes much of its identity to its location. It has roots in agriculture, but over the years it evolved to become a commercial center by serving travelers making their way between the two cities.
Today, Oxford maintains its rich rural and commercial mix. Smaller than two square miles, it is a pedestrian-friendly and family-oriented community that is preserving its history as it focuses on a building a promising future for its residents and businesses alike.
With excellent schools, amenities that serve all ages, affordable housing options, and countless community events, Oxford is an outstanding community to call home. This safe, pedestrian-friendly, and family-oriented town offers something for everyone.
It has a compact walkable downtown filled with unique businesses and shops. In its residential districts, you’ll find diverse architecture that celebrates the community’s history. Oxford is home to classic styles, including Queen Anne, Italianate, Gothic and Colonial Revivals, Federal, Shingle, Folk Victorians, and Bungalows. There are also newer developments in Oxford, but the average age of a home is 49 years old, and all homes are properly maintained thanks to International Property Maintenance and Uniform Construction Codes. Not only has this protected the integrity of the community, but it’s also ensured that homes hold their resale value. Even rentals are regularly inspected.
But what makes Oxford so special is its community events. The idyllic Chester County hamlet hosts everything from monthly First Fridays through a popular Halloween Parade and classic Country Christmas.
Oxford’s location between Baltimore and Philadelphia has always been a boon for its businesses and economy. Its roads and railroads continue to bring business to this charming Chester County community, while making it easy for residents to reach opportunities in cities like Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, DC, as well as nearby colleges like Lincoln University.
At home, though, there’s a healthy mix of merchants and professional services providers. Everyone from lawyers and accountants through artisans and farmers plays a pivotal role in Oxford’s economic vitality.
Other factors that are helping Oxford’s businesses fulfill their economic potential include a strong local workforce, affordable and well-maintained commercial properties, and the support of Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. Founded in 1999, Oxford Mainstreet is an extension of the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce that is guided by a mission of promoting and fostering economic growth and stability within the Business Improvement District, while preserving downtown Oxford’s rich historic and cultural identity.
There are so many opportunities to find fun and enrichment in Oxford. For those eager to enjoy the great outdoors, Oxford offers great fishing, challenging hiking, and numerous running and biking trails. Organized sports are popular here, too. Youth enjoy friendly games of football, basketball, baseball, and hockey, while adults regularly get together for softball and bowling. The Jennersville YMCA in West Grove is popular, too. It offers classes and fitness programs for the whole family.
Another popular spot is the Lighthouse Youth Center, which offers basketball, tennis, and other sports, plus a computer lab. The Youth Center also offers homework help.
The Oxford Public Library is also a draw for Oxford’s residents. A number of published authors call Oxford home, and the Library even offers classes to help aspiring authors join their ranks. It also offers classes in gardening, crafts, books, and more.
Residents with more creative interests frequent the Oxford Art Alliance, where they enjoy art and music classes, art shows, and documentaries.
Take in the idyllic countryside with a tour of Chester County’s covered bridges. Head out into the breathtaking country and witness more than 100 covered bridges, then follow the rolling country roads back into town for a walking tour of Oxford’s historic town center. Tours commence at the historic Ware Mansion and include the Oxford Hotel, Oxford Hall, and Octoraro Hotel, among notable landmarks.
Downtown Oxford offers an extraordinary selection of shops with everything from art galleries through wineries. Shopping is sure to leave you hungry, but Oxford’s restaurants are sure to leave you satisfied. Oxford’s eclectic mix of eateries includes Mexican places like Panaderia La Estrella and El Mundialito, Italian offerings from La Sicilia, and Pat’s Pizzeria, Chinese from Hong Kong Restaurant, fresh seafood from Chesapeake Crab Connection, and pub food from the Ugly Mutt. Stop by Flickerwood Wine and Twisted Treats for a wine tasting and a sweet treat. And if you make your way to Oxford, make a stop at the seasonal Village Market. Open from May through October, Oxford’s Village Market features a rotating selection of vendors offering everything from locally made Amish baked goods to canned and preserved items and crafts.