Oxon Cove Park & Oxon Hill Farm

Overview

Take a step back into time when life seemed more simple. Explore Oxon Hill Farm, the main feature of Oxon Cove Park, and its outbuildings, join in on the typical farm day activities, learn about the dairy cow and other farm animals, or take a wagon ride through the natural areas of the park.

For hundreds of years, the land that today is Oxon Cove Park has attracted men and women who have recognized its agricultural potential. Beginning in the early 19th century, Oxon Cove Park witnessed changing land patterns typical of the southern Maryland region. These changes began with the Debutts family who bought the property and established the Mount Welby Plantation.

The Mount Welby period represents only one layer of the park's deep and diverse history. The park has been home for many generations of human habitation during the past 10,000 years--beginning with the Native American peoples who have hunted for wild game and gathered plants up until the 17th century.

Then, 48 years after the Debutts sold the property, the land was acquired by the United States Government to establish a therapeutic farm for St. Elizabeths Hospital known as Godding Croft. The property was entrusted to the National Park Service in 1959 to protect its natural and cultural resources from the threat of increased urban development, and to continue to tell the story of the land and how it has changed over time.

Oxon Cove Park, including Oxon Hill Farm, the Hiker/Biker Trail, and the Woodlot Trail are open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., except January 1, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25.

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Directions

Driving: 

From the Capital Beltway (I-495/I-95) in Maryland:
Stay in the local lanes and take Exit 3 (MD-210 Indian Head Highway). At the light make a left onto MD-210 Indian Head Highway south. Stay to your right and take the first exit to MD-414 Oxon Hill Road/ toward I-495/I-95. When you come to the stop light go straight onto Bald Eagle Road. Follow this road into the parking lot.

From the Capital Beltway (I-495/I-95) in Virginia:
Stay in the thru lanes and take Exit 3B (MD-210 Indian Highway north) towards Forest Heights. Take a right at the stop light onto Oxon Hill Road west. Do not take the exit for MD-210 Indian Head Highway north. At the second stop light make a right onto Bald Eagle Road. Follow this road into the parking lot.

From Washington, D.C.:
Take I-295 south toward Maryland. Follow I-295 until it ends at I-495/I-95 and MD-210 Indian Head Highway. Take the exit for MD-210 Indian Head Highway; take the first ramp towards 210-Indian Head Highway north towards Forest Heights. At the second stop light make a right onto MD-414 Oxon Hill Road east. At the next light make a left onto Bald Eagle Road. Follow this road into the parking lot.