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Town of Oxford, NY
Oxford is a lovely, bucolic town located in the south-central portion of Chenango County, known as the "southern tier," which is 8 miles southwest of the county seat - the City of Norwich. The idyllic rural town of Oxford is situated between the major metropolises of Binghamton to the south and Syracuse to the north and Oneonta to the east and Cortland to the west. At the 2010 census the town population was 3,901.
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The land, once inhabited by the Oneida and Tuscarora Native Americans, was named after Oxford, Massachusetts by Benjamin Hovey. The Chenango River, which cuts through the land, was the main attraction making Oxford a popular destination throughout history. The Town was formed in 1793 from territory divided from the Towns of Bainbridge and Union. It was reduced in size in 1813 when the Towns of Guilford and Coventry were formed.
The town of Oxford has fertile, rolling hills dotted with quiet residences, acres of undeveloped land, productive farms for horses, sheep, poultry, alpacas, and dairy, as well as rivers and woodlands teeming with wildlife. Oxford is noted for the numerous natural springs which supply a large number of homes with constantly running, delicious water. Going back to the early 1800's this unique fresh water feature was touted as a positive, healthful attraction …and it still is!
Some seasonal residents come for peaceful vacations at the lakes or exhilarating hunting in the woods. (You can safely brush up on your aim, slug or archery at the Oxford Rod & Gun Club.) For safety around water, school age children can take swimming lessons at the municipal swimming pool. Year-round, it's a community of residents, many employed in the manufacturing plants of surrounding towns or actively involved in agriculture.
Some sources of pride for "Oxonians," are the five churches -that offer an abundance of fellowship choices- and the Oxford Academy schools. The long established educational institution, founded by Uri Tracy, was one of the first New York State chartered schools in 1794. Some old meets new at the historic Oxford Memorial Library, built by the famed bridge builder, Theodore Burr. The Library, equipped with wi-fi and all the modern conveniences, is also home to the Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Resource Center, the first of its kind in the country. There are plenty of restaurants, taverns, shops and galleries. There's always plenty to see and do in Oxford, or simply relax and enjoy its verdant, natural beauty.
The Town of Oxford government tends to the roads, clears the snow in winter, readies the pool in summer, and makes it a clean and safe area to live in. It's ideal for a sight-seeing visit for the turning of the leaves or the ethereal spring blooms. Come to taste the locally-made maple syrup, shop for antiques, get some sweet corn at a farm stand, have a swim in the pool, admire the Victorian homes, play a round of golf, or cast a fishing line in the river. Just beware, the Town of Oxford may have YOU hooked!