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Oxon Hill Farm

Oxon Hill Farm


Oxon Cove Park is the name of the park in which Oxon Hill Farm is located. The farm itself is the main tourist attraction, for the rest of the park only has a couple of hiking trails. The farm is open daily, and people of all ages are welcome to participate in free programs such as milking cows, feeding chickens, touring the farm buildings, and going for a wagon ride. On weekends the Mount Welby Farmhouse, built in 1803, is open to the public. Some of the other buildings serve as agriculture museums, and there is antique farm equipment and machinery from the early 1900s on display at various places around the property. The park is located in Maryland on the border with Washington, D. C., directly across the Potomac from Alexandria, Virginia.

The land of Oxon Cove Park has been used as a farm ever since it was settled back in the late 1600s, but it wasn’t until 1967 that it became part of the National Capital Parks East unit of America’s National Park system. The idea was to develop a park where inner city residents of Washington, D. C., could come to experience farm life for an afternoon. Oxon Hill Farm re-creates an early 1900s farm, and while it started out as a petting zoo of sorts, today it is much more education-oriented. It is a favorite of families with children and a popular destination for school groups from the Washington area.


  • Daily from 8 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day

Times can always change, so be sure to get the latest schedule on the National Park Service’s official Operating Hours and Seasons web page for Oxon Cove Park and Oxon Hill Farm.


There are no fees to enter Oxon Cove Park and Oxon Hill Farm or to participate in Ranger-led activities.


Self-guided Farm Tour
allow 1 hour (add additional time if participating in scheduled activities)

Hiking Trails
allow 30 minutes to 2 hours

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Last updated on April 17, 2020
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