Oxford began as a planned village in the early 1800’s when Miami University was formed through an act of the Ohio Legislature in the Northwest Territory. The McGuffey Museum, registered as a National Historic Landmark, honors the significance of William Holmes McGuffey, author of the famed McGuffey Eclectic Readers.
For such a small town, Oxford is rich in history and has become the center for culture and intellectual pursuits in the area. A scenic 35-mile drive northwest of Cincinnati and 45 miles southwest of Dayton in Butler County, 22,000 residents fill the nearly six square mile city radius. Nestled among the trees in the rolling hills of southwestern Ohio, historic Oxford offers picturesque neighborhoods, an uptown shopping district loaded with character and a congenial mix of residents and students. The town offers abundant open space in both the city and nearby communities. Miami University, the seventh oldest state-assisted university in the nation and rated among the top national universities has its main campus in Oxford with 14,000 students. Today, the tree-lined streets and sprawling campus walkways are part of Oxford’s special appeal to residents, students and visitors.
Oxford is approximately five miles east of the Indiana Border. Rt. 27 runs directly through the heart of Oxford. St. Rts. 73 and 732 also serve the area. I-275, the circle freeway around Cincinnati is approximately 20 minutes south of Oxford.
Oxford is served by the McCullough-Hyde Memorial TriHealth Hospital, located in the heart of Oxford. In nearby Hamilton, Fort Hamilton Hospital, TriHealth Bethesda Butler Hospital and Mercy Health - Fairfield (the only hospital in Butler County to offer open heart surgery) serve the area. Children’s Hospital Medical Center Liberty Campus is located in Liberty Township.
The historic Uptown District of Oxford hosts several unique restaurants and eclectic shops. Oxford's cobblestone lined High Street is home to shops and eateries that appeal to students and residents alike serving basic needs like clothing and shoes, gifts, accessories and art. Northgate Mall, containing over 100 stores, is located approximately 20 minutes south in Colerain Township.
Miami University’s campus offers a wide range of cultural, educational and athletic events too numerous to mention. Sports enthusiasts have several options for recreation, including Division I basketball, ice hockey and football.
The Oxford Community Park blends sports fields, walking and bike paths and natural areas on over 113 acres. The city has several other parks including Leonard Howell Park, Merry Day Park, Robert M. Artz Park, Northside Bark (gated canine park), as well as several baseball and soccer fields.
Hueston Woods State Park, less than five minutes away, offers miles of scenic hiking trails, fishing and boating on 625 acre Acton Lake, an 18 hole golf course, naturalist programs, a nature center with a display of live animals and much more. Nearby Brookville Lake is available for fishing and boating.
The TRI Community Center features an indoor and outdoor basketball court, tennis courts, baseball diamond, picnic shelter and two weight rooms. The Oxford Senior Citizens and Community Center offers its facilities for private social gatherings to Oxford residents. A new Oxford Aquatic Center is in the design stages.
The Oxford Community Arts Center features a diverse arrangement of arts programs and exhibits from play performances to drawing sessions to music and art.