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The Robert Morris Inn 1710 - history lives here

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Welcome to Oxford, founded in 1683 as the first seaport.

Built as River View House in 1710 and an Inn since 1800, this is the oldest full-service Inn in America. Four of our 310 year old rooms were indeed slept in by Founding Father Robert Morris, George Washington and many other dignitaries of the day and since. Red brick fireplaces around which heated discussion on the arguments for independence from Britain took place and negotiations for sugar cane, tobacco and French wine worked out. Wood paneling, red brick fireplaces and oak timbers are all as they were 310 years ago, hand built by ships carpenters from locally acquired materials and the red bricks from England, used as ships ballast. One cannot get any more historic than this. Later in life Robert Morris would reflect on his simple upbringing in a small two-bedroomed cottage on the river in Oxford.
In more recent times author James Michener outlined his famous novel, Chesapeake here. More history is located here. Now the Eastern Shore's most unique historic restaurant with rooms under Master Chef Mark Salter and Innkeeper Ian Fleming. This is a truly historic Inn, cosy with a natural patina running through. Friendly, great cuisine and understated professional service.


Enojy the town's two wonderful parks, its own pristine beach and the unique pleasures of the Oxford Bellevue Ferry transporting travellers across the Tred Avon River mid- April through November, the oldest Ferry route in the country - history really does live here.

Hike, bike, row and sail, get on the water exploring our creeks, rivers and the Bay. Watch the Eagles, Osprey, Herons, Crabs, Turtles and we even have Dolphins and Sea Horses in the Bay along with all the other Summer visitors. We can set you up for a memorable fishing trip or sunset cruise  .  .  .  your imagination is your only limit.
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To rent bikes, kayaks, paddleboards and boats for your vacation call 410 652 6533

There is much to see and do in and around Talbot County.  Unique to our area is the new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center at Church Creek. This year we celebrate the 200th birthday of Fredrick Douglas renowned Talbot County social reformer, abolitionist, orator and statesman follow his journey. The Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge remains open all year and never fails to impress. Click below for a vast array of attractions and events.

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Oxford itself is one of the most unique towns on the Eastern Shore. Historic and peaceful yet vibrant at the same time, as it remains so popular with sailors, cyclists, kayak'ers and those seeking refuge and restoration from an ever increasing mad world. Charming tree lined streets with immaculate historic homes, waterfront town park and even its own Beach. Conveniently to St. Michaels, Easton, and Cambridge. Learn more about our history at The Oxford Museum and about vacation activities and options at Talbot County Tourism.


Unfortunately we do not have an elevator and some of the stairs are quite steep, if you have mobility issues please contact us. Due to the age and nature of our building, we do not have disabled specific bedrooms.

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The Robert Morris Inn GDS codes
AMADEUS (1A) = YX OXFRMI                       SABRE (AA) = YX 118940

GALILEO/APOLLO (UA) = YX E7534            WORLDSPAN (TW) = YX BWIRM

PEGASUS (WB) = YX RMI4005

The Robert Morris Inn    314 N Morris St    PO Box 40    Oxford    MD    21654    410 226 5111