Did you know that the OXFORD-BELLEVUE FERRY is believed to be the oldest privately run ferry in the United States?
The Talbot County Court “pitcht upon” Richard Royston to run the ferry in 1683 at an unusual subsidy of 2,500
pounds of tobacco. Service has been continuous since 1836 with various modes of power throughout the years,
supplied by: sail, sculling, rowing, steam and diesel engine.
The current boat is named Talbot and is the fourth ferry to be used, built in 1980. It measures 65′ long and 30′
across and holds up to 9 vehicles. Without vehicles, the ferry holds up to 149 passengers. Tom and Judy Bixler
purchased the service in 2002 and Captain Tom is a colorful personality, providing both local and historic information
to fellow passengers.
While it is certainly true that the ferry provides a shorter route to historic St. Michaels; that is not the main
reason why one should take it. This ferry still manages to connect one to the past, when things were slower
and more manageable, and more romantic. It’s not just a travel mode, it’s an experience. Whether taking a
car, motorcycle or bicycle aboard, life is good when travelling on a ferry and having the opportunity to meet with
fellow passengers from around the world.
Combsberry Inn, located a couple of miles outside of Oxford, Md. recommends all of our guests to ride the
Oxford-Bellevue Ferry. Trip Advisor rates this experience 4.5