The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Oxford from local author Fred Lanfear. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by.
On the Chenango River in central New York, the community of Oxford rose from a forest clearing in 1790 to a thriving farm-based village and town by 1830. The advent of railroads and canals joined Oxford to new markets and resources. Oxford bluestone quarries sent smooth slabs to Trinity Church, Wall Street, and Grant's Tomb in New York City.
As the nation grew, Oxford's thousands of wood baskets and finely crafted tool handles were carried and used in the toil. Bicycles, dental devices, and more were also exported. The village remains as Chenango County's favorite "bedroom community" with its idyllic beauty, public safety, and long traditions at Oxford Academy and Central School.
Highlights of Oxford:
• Several photographs in the book came from the Oxford Historical Society and private collections.
• The book offers a view of Oxford Academy up to the current Oxford Academy and Central School.
• Photographs of Oxford sports teams, coaches and athletes are found throughout the book.
• Several Oxford citizens are featured.
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