Located on the east bank of the Potomac River, Oxon Hill is a residential suburb of Washington, D.C. It takes its name from the 18th-century manor house of Thomas Addison, who said the area reminded him of the Oxford countryside. Today, Oxon Hill is home to townhouse communities, shopping malls and an open-air museum.
Things to do in Oxon Hill
In the west of Oxon Hill are Oxon Cove Park & Oxon Cove Farm, which are collectively listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The site is dotted with buildings that date back to its time as a plantation, including the Italianate-style home of “Mount Welby”. Admire the late 19th-century farm equipment on display and say “hello” to the resident horses and chickens.
Also nearby is Oxon Hill Manor, a Neo-Georgian residence that was designed in 1928 by Jules Henri de Sibour. Its beautifully appointed rooms include crystal chandeliers and ornate fireplaces, with a circular staircase connecting its two floors. Learn about the famous people who were guests here and admire the picturesque views across the Potomac River.
For a retail fix, head to the Rivertowne Commons Marketplace, where you’ll find a variety of retail stores that include Target, Ross Dress for Less and Rivertowne Jewellers. There are plenty of fast-food eateries where you can grab a bite to eat and the mall is adjacent to the Oxon Hill Plaza. Significant discounts on big-name brands can be found at the Tanger Outlets National Harbor.
Getting around Oxon Hill
Oxon Hill is around 20 minutes’ drive from Alexandria and 35 minutes from Washington, D.C. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is 30 minutes away and has flights to destinations across North America. Renting a car is the most convenient way of getting to Oxon Hill and exploring the area.