Historic Robert Morris Inn For Sale

Oxford was founded in 1683 as the state’s first seaport. The “River View House” was built in 1710 along a street now known as The Strand and became an inn in 1800, making it the oldest full-service inn in America. Once owned by Founding Father, Robert Morris, four of the 310-year-old rooms were indeed slept in by him, George Washington, and many other dignitaries of the day.

Robert Morris built the “River View House” in 1710 as his private residence.

In front of the red brick fireplaces, many heated discussions on the arguments for independence from Britain took place. Negotiations for sugar cane, tobacco and French wine were worked out. The wood paneling and oak timbers are all as they were 310 years ago, hand-built by ships’ carpenters from locally acquired materials and the red bricks having come from England, used as ships’ ballast. One cannot get any more historic than this.

The inn has been enlarged several times since its first use as Robert Morris’ private home. The staircase that leads to the guest rooms is the enclosed type of the Elizabethan period and was built prior to 1710. The flooring in the upstairs hall is Georgia white pine. The nails were handmade, and the 14-inch square beams and pilasters were fastened with hand hewn oak pegs.

Entering the inn from the main street is like stepping back 300 years.

Four of the guest rooms have handmade wall paneling from earlier periods and fireplaces built of brick made in England and used as ballast in the empty sailing ships arriving to trade. The impressive murals in the dining room were made from wallpaper samples used by manufacturer’s salesmen 140 years ago. The tavern’s slate floor came from Vermont and over the fireplace is the Morris Coat of Arms, a magnificent oak, deep relief carved by John White. The Raleigh Tavern in colonial Williamsburg inspired the chimney, which arises from the massive fireplace in the Tap Room. Complimenting the fine woodwork of this room is a hand-carved log canoe under sail by Ted Hanks of Oxford.

Entering the inn from the main street is like stepping back 300 years. A pristine yet historic interior welcomes with timber beams, paneled walls and open fires in the cooler months. Move on through to Salter’s Tavern, named after celebrity chef, Mark Salter, and you enter a more modern addition featuring historic red brick walls and old slate floors, again offering magnificent fires in the cooler months and casual outside dining on the terraces and veranda during balmy warm summers. The first floor houses the formal Dining Room, Salter’s Tavern and the Tap Room, in all, seating up to 170 customers, while the 14 historic bedrooms are located on the second and third floors. Adjacent to the inn is Bottle Cottage, housing two delightful modern waterfront rooms.

This waterfront property is located across from the oldest privately-owned ferry still in operation in North America. This is a unique opportunity to own a part of our American History located in Talbot County. The Robert Morris Inn is an iconic property and strong business with a rare possibility to expand its waterfront location with a bedroom extension and retail space. For more information, contact Gary Marquardt with Long and Foster Real Estate at 410-725-6238 or gary.marquardt@lnf.com.

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