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ABOUT OXFORD

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Working In Oxford, PA

Oxford is within 60 miles of Philadelphia, Baltimore and Harrisburg. Cities within 30 miles include Lancaster and West Chester, PA, along with Wilmington and Newark, DE. In some ways, Oxford is a mix of these cities that many residents serve directly or indirectly, and from which many residents have come, bringing with them the arts and culture unique to each city, while trading the urban setting for the rural.

Starting a Business in Oxford, PA

Have a dream of running your own business? Be your own boss? Are you thinking seriously about entrepreneurship, but do not have the first notion of how and where to begin? There are some very helpful resources at your fingertips and if you are considering Oxford’s downtown for your business.

Oxford Mainstreet, Inc.

Start your business downtown – start with Oxford Mainstreet

www.downtownoxfordpa.org

Resources for Starting a Business in Oxford, PA

As in any endeavor, there is no true way of knowing all the risks involved with starting a small business. However, you can improve your chances of success with good planning and preparation. A good place to start is to seriously evaluate your strengths and weaknesses as the owner of a small business and consider each carefully. Below are a host of online resources available to get you started.

PA Department of Community & Economic Development

Develop a detailed plan, secure financing, and investigate industry, state and federal regulations before you begin.

www.newpa.com/index.aspx

US Small Business Association

Programs and services to help you start, grow and succeed.

http://www.sba.gov

Toolbox

A step-by-step guide for businesses to establish and expand in Oxford, PA 

Please contact the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce office if you would like a copy.

Office hours Monday thru Friday 8am until 1pm

Phone: 610-932-0740

Email: oxfordchamber@zoominternet.net

Join the Oxford Area of Chamber

The Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to the promotion of local business and industry through programs, services, and networking opportunities, designed to assist our members in their success. The Chamber is aware that the success of our business community provides a solid foundation for the life we enjoy in Oxford, PA and its surrounding area.

Become a Member!

Please click for a membership application to download and send in to us.

If you need immediate assistance, or have any questions, please contact: 

Heidi Kern
Executive Director
610-932-0740
Monday-Thursday 9:30am-1:30pm

Living In Oxford, PA

Oxford is set in the gentle hills of Chester County’s southwestern corner. Although Oxford has become a booming center of new, modern housing and small business, it is also a town rich in history, farmland and a definite Amish presence that adds to the charm of the community. In some ways, the town’s excellent schools, safe and clean neighborhoods, and historic district add to its appeal for residents and businesses.

Our town government, business and residential communities, service organizations, and community groups are ready to welcome you and assist you in becoming acquainted with all that Oxford, PA has to offer in the way of goods and services, entertainment and recreation. Our historic past holds a promising tomorrow.

Oxford Area Historical Association
c/o 215 East Mount Vernon Street
Oxford, PA 19363
610-932-2888


Oxford Lions Club
PO Box 270
Oxford, PA 19363
610-932-5440


Oxford Mainstreet, Inc.
13 South Third Street
Oxford, PA 19363
610-998-9494


Oxford Public Library
48 Second Street
Oxford, PA 19363
610-932-9625


Oxford Women’s Club
PO Box 212
Oxford, PA 19363
610-932-4077


Mom’s Club
610-932-3696
dscjcc@msn.com


Rotary Club of Oxford
PO Box 27
Oxford, PA 19363
610-998-9040

Who Lives in Oxford, PA

Oxford is within 60 miles of Philadelphia, Baltimore and Harrisburg. Cities within 30 miles include Lancaster and West Chester, PA, along with Wilmington and Newark, DE. In some ways, Oxford is a mix of these cities that many residents serve directly or indirectly, and from which many residents have come, bringing with them the arts and culture unique to each city, while trading the urban setting for the rural.

The Oxford Area School District has eight voting districts that include a level of diversity that isn’t necessarily reflected in Oxford’s overall demographics.

Please click here to download a pdf with details on Who Lives in Oxford and its Voting District Demographics. Also, here is an enlarged view of a map of our area.

Although Oxford, Chester County, PA is becoming a booming center of new, modern housing and small businesses, it is also a town rich in history.

Oxford had its earliest beginnings at a crossroads in 1754 when John Hayes built a two-story log cabin at the site of the current Oxford Hotel, in what was then Londonderry Township. Hayes sold the cabin to Walter Hood and the crossroads became known and appears on maps as Hoods Corner, Hoods Crossing or Hoods Tavern.

In downtown Oxford, at what is now the site of the Union Fire Company No. 1, is where seven roads came together. It was an old Indian trail, and a natural meeting place for those traveling from the Delaware River to the Susquehanna. Oxford had level ground and springs of good water, and made for a good resting-place.  Third Street in Oxford was part of the Nanticoke Trail. Indians followed this trail from the Poconos to the Chesapeake Bay.  Chester County was established in 1682, and there was slow growth in the area now known as Oxford until 1730. The dominant ethnic group who migrated to the Oxford area was the Scotch-Irish. Escaping economic hardships and religious persecution, they left their European homes and landed in Philadelphia and New Castle, DE, then moved west towards Oxford.

Research indicates that on November 26, 1754, Londonderry Township was divided and the name of Oxford, after Oxford, England, was given to the western part.  In 1797 this area was divided into Upper and Lower Oxford Townships with Hoods Crossing falling within Lower Oxford Township. Hood’s, as Oxford was first known, remained a meeting place and stopover for travelers as stagecoaches from Philadelphia and Baltimore traveled through three times a week and used the town as a rest stop.  It grew slowly, at first only as a crossroads with a few stores, but with the advent of the stagecoach line, the number of stores increased as goods moved freely in and out of Oxford.

In 1805, a post office was established at Hoods Tavern to serve Lower Oxford Township and the settlement took the name of Oxford Village or Oxford Crossing around that time. In 1810, the Chester and Delaware Federalist Newspaper carried an advertisement for the sale of property in the Village of Oxford.  In 1833 Oxford was incorporated into a borough. On April 16, 1868, a supplement to the act to incorporate the village of Oxford was passed. These acts are referred to in the initial minutes of Oxford Borough Council. On May 11, 1838, the first Chief Burgess, Assistant Burgess, five council members, and a high constable were elected. The Oxford minutes and records also start at this time. Thus some references quote 1833 as the incorporation date and some state 1838. The seal of the Oxford Borough bears the 1833 date. Oxford’s unique location, midway between important cities such as Philadelphia, New York City, Baltimore, and Washington, DC, has attracted people for over 200 years, and continues to do so while the history continues to be preserved.

The population grew from 186 to more than 1000 between 1850 and 1870. What really changed the face of Oxford in the late 1800s was the railroad.  Grain, potatoes, dairy products, and hay left Oxford by the train carload to help feed the rest of the growing United States.  Oxford Feed & Lumber, formerly known as Oxford Grain & Hay, is the oldest Oxford business still in existence. It sits along the tracks of the old Philadelphia-Baltimore Central Railroad behind Fourth and Market Streets. This business is now owned by the Drennen family who have kept the historical integrity of the building.

In the center of town, what is referred to as the ‘green’ dates from the time of William Penn. In 1856, this green was Oxford’s first burial ground. When Third Street was constructed, the bodies were moved to what is now the Oxford Cemetery on Pine Street.

Between 1840 and 1880, many beautiful Carpenter Gothic, Queen Anne and Victorian style homes were built. Some of these homes on Pine Street, Fourth Street, and Western Terrace are still in existence. In addition to the many breathtaking historic homes in Oxford, it was also the home of industry in the late 1800s. One example, Bowman’s Generating Plant, which sold electricity, was built in 1893.

The Oxford area is an area of rich farmland and there is a definite Amish presence, which adds to the charm of this community.

Ware Presbyterian Village

7 East Locust Street
Oxford, PA 19363
610-998-2400

Continuing care retirement community located in the heart of historic downtown Oxford.  It offers independent living apartments and villas, personal care, skilled nursing, and short-term rehabilitation.

Playing In Oxford, PA

ther you are visiting for a day, stopping by for an event, or joining us for a longer trip… Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce offers something for everyone! From dining, art, parks to local business directories, the Chamber is the one-stop resource for your visit.

Oxford Presbyterian Church

6 Pine Street
Oxford, PA 19363


Ware Presbyterian Village

7 East Locust Street
Oxford, PA 19363
610-998-2400

Oxford Memorial Park

Lancaster Ave at 3rd St.
Oxford, PA 19363
(Oxford Borough)
There is one picnic pavilion and several other picnic areas throughout the park. There is a playground for children. Restroom facilities consist of two port-a-potties. No admission fee and the park is open from 8:00am to dusk. There is street parking.

Nottingham County Park

 150 Park Road
Nottingham, PA 19362
(West Nottingham Township)
Nine pavilions with several other informal picnic areas play lots, and rest room facilities. This 651 acre park also has two ponds for fishing, stocked with bass and pan fish. The park also has a Par course Fitness Circuit, a series of 15 exercise events occurring at 8 separate stations along a jogging and walking trail. No admission fee and the park is open from 8:00am to dusk.

Covered Bridge Tour

Pennsylvania hosts more covered bridges that any other state in the nation and Chester County was home to over 100 covered bridges. Your trip begins in the center of Oxford, PA. Follow the winding roads dotted with farms and travel back in time to an era of stagecoaches, stolen kisses and the simple pleasures of wind through your hair as you hear the clip clop of the horse hoofs. Pick up a brochure at: Oxford Mainstreet, Inc., 23 South Third Street Oxford, PA 19363, or call 610-998-9494.


Oxford Historic Walking Tour

Oxford is one of the largest historical districts in the state on the National Registry of Historic Places. Your trip begins at The Ware Mansion built in the 1880’s. Pick up a brochure at: Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce, 38-A South Third Street, Oxford, PA 19363, or call 610-932-0740.


Children’s Stroll Through Historic Oxford, PA

Did you know that the town of Oxford, PA was named after the town Oxford, England? Participating in this walk you will learn even more facts and information about Oxford Historic Area. Pick up a brochure at: Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce, 38-A South Third Street, Oxford, PA 19363, or call 610-932-0740.


Herr Snack Factory Tours

20 Herr Drive
Nottingham, PA 19362
610-932-7199

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