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    Oxon Cove Park & Oxon Hill Farm

    Maryland

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  • Brick Stable closed for restoration

    The historic Brick Stable is currently closed to the public to allow for restoration work. Please call the park at 301-839-0503 with questions.

  • Hay Barn picnic area closed

    The picnic tables in the Hay Barn are closed to the public to allow for restoration work in the Brick Stable. Picnic tables are still open and available near the parking lot. Please call 301-839-1176 with any questions.

  • No public programs on Friday October 31 and Saturday November 1, 2014

    The Park will be open but there will be no public programs on Friday October 31 and Saturday November 1. Meet the Dairy Cow, Wagon Ride, and Chicken & Egg programs will not be happening on these days. Please call the park at 301.839.0503 with questions.

Sassafras

sassafras

Sassafras albidum

Sassafras is a native plant of Maryland. It can be found growing along the fence lines along the gravel road leading down to Oxon Cove. Sassafras is easy to identify with three differently shaped leaves all growing on the same branch. One leaf is shaped like a catcher's mit, another is oval-shaped, and the third is like a three-pronged fork. Native peoples, African Americans, and the Europeans used this plant for a medicinal purposes to cure many types of ailments.

Did You Know?

OXCO 1891

In 1891, Saint Elizabeths Hospital, acquired the Oxon Cove Park Property, to establish a farm where patients, removed from the confines of a hospital setting, could benefit from fresh air and outdoor work at this new "farm colony." This hospital farm was called Godding Croft.