OXFORD — The Oxford Bellevue Ferry will open for the 2021 season on Saturday, May 1.

The ferry, which carries vehicles, passengers and bicycles, will be ready to leave the Oxford dock for the first time beginning at 9 a.m. and will shuttle back and forth daily, closing at sunset. Please call 410-745-9023 for the exact times of the trips each day.

The ferry opening this year is a milestone for Captains Judy and Tom Bixler, who are entering their 20th season as owners of the ferry.

“Our tenure is a very small fraction in the history of the ferry, which dates all the way back to 1683,” said Bixler. “We provide residents and visitors with an opportunity to explore the area by getting out on the water. It’s an adventure, no two trips are ever the same.”

Talbot County Economic Development and Tourism Director Cassandra Vanhooser said “as America’s oldest privately-operated ferry route, the Oxford Bellevue Ferry is one of our top attractions for visitors.”

“It’s an asset we are proud of, a wonderful piece of the fabric of Talbot County,” she said. “It’s an attraction for people from all over the world — a throwback to another time but greatly cherished. Covid-19 may curtail the international traveler this year, but as folks look for an adventure closer to home, it should be at the top of their list.”

Judy Bixler, the Chairperson of Maryland’s Tourism Development Board and Chairperson of Talbot County’s Tourism Board, said she is proud to announce that the Oxford Bellevue Ferry is on a byway — part of the newly designated All-American Road on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

The National Scenic Byways are roadways designated by the United States Department of Transportation: only the most scenic byways are designated All-American Roads.

For more information about the Oxford Bellevue Ferry visit www.oxfordferry.

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