Ferry Tales come true: Oxford Bellevue turns 330

OXFORD, Md. - When Tom Bixler was 18, he got his ferry boat pilot's license from a man who owned the Oxford Bellevue Ferry.  When Tom and his wife Judy retired, guess what they did?  They bought the ferry from the same Captain who taught Tom.

On November 20th, 1683,  330 years ago, the Oxford Bellevue Ferry began its travels.  It would shift fisherman, crabbers, and oystermen from one side to the other.

It was built to carry "Horses and Men."  Except for the Civil War, the Oxford Bellevue Ferry has never stopped.

You use to pay tobacco to the Captain to cross.  You would cross the Tred Avon River from Oxford to Bellevue which is a long, long walk to St. Michaels.  This river spills into the Choptank.  The Ferry carries 9 cars but just a month ago hauled 19 Mini Coopers.  Its 3/4's of a mile one way taking 7-10 minutes.   All the while riders are saying, "Please don't let this ride on the water end."

Judy and Tom say they never feel bored, how could they with its beauty and peacefulness.  This Ferry was just starting along with the rest of America and both are still going strong.

Judy and Tom would love to hear your "Ferry Tales" on board the Oxford Bellevue Ferry.  So send them your message obferry@aol.com.

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