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    Oxon Cove Park & Oxon Hill Farm

    Maryland

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  • Meet the Cow Program - canceled July 29 and 30, 2014

    Our Wagon Ride and Meet the Chicken Program will be offered on July 29 and 30, 2014. However, due to work on the Dairy Barn, the Meet the Cow Program will not take place. Please call the park on 301.839.1176, if you have any 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?

cider press

The oldest fruit tree in the National Park Service can be found at Oxon Hill Farm. For centuries the making of cider from apples has been more than just pressing fruit to provide a delicious drink. Cider making was a social event for family and neighbors.