About Oxford, Indiana

Located in Oak Grove Township, Oxford is home to nearly 1200 people. Founded in 1843, Oxford was home for the first Benton County Courthouse. Our brick-paved town square is home to the annual Farmer’s Market in the summer. We have two parks with shelter houses that can be rented for reunions, receptions and parties. Our youth attend Prairie Crossing Elementary School and Benton Central Jr/Sr High School. Open to the public, Oxford is fortunate to have the Oak Grove Country Club, an 18-hole golf course.

Oxford is known as the “Home of Dan Patch”. Dan Patch was a world famous harness racing horse, whose 1906 record pace of 1:55, for the mile, stood for 32 years. The barn that housed Dan Patch still stands.

Living In Oxford

Home is where the heart is...

...And we've got plenty of that! Oxford is a caring community. Connected with our surrounding county, the commitment to our citizens reaches beyond the town border. Take a look around and you'll see what we mean. 

Review some quick facts below and be sure to take a look at the links we've provided to housing information, local businesses, happenings and education. It's all part of what Oxford is proud to offer.

 

LOCAL UTILITIES

Electric:

Warren County R.E.M.C. 

765–762-6114

Gas:

Northern Indiana Public Service Co. 

800-464-7726 

Water/Sewage/Waste:

Town Of Oxford Office

765-385-2150

See More Department Info

Telephone: 

AT&T 

800-288-2020 

TRAVEL DISTANCES

Chicago, IL (107 mi)
Cincinnati, OH (199 mi)
Cleveland, OH  (337 mi)
Columbus, OH (259 mi)
Detroit, MI (296  mi)
Fort Wayne, IN (125 mi)
Fort Wayne Intl. Arprt. (129mi)
Grand Rapids, MI (224 mi)
Indianapolis, IN (85.6 mi)
Louisville, KY (201mi)
Milwaukee, WI  (202 mi)

Toledo, OH (235 mi)

HEALTH CARE

IU Health Family Medicine

(Nearest Doctor's Office)

​407 N Meadow St

Otterbein, IN 47970

765-583-4415

Hospitals

 

IU Health Arnett Hospital

5165 McCarty Ln

Lafayette, IN 47905

765.448.8000

Website

 

Franciscan Health Lafayette East

1701 South Creasy Lane
Lafayette, IN 47905

765-502-4000

Website

 

St. Vincent Williamsport

412 N. Monroe Street

Williamsport, Indiana 47993

765-762-4000

Website

Working in Oxford

 

Learning in Oxford

Indiana School Choice

(Indiana Department of Education)

Benton County

School Corporation

Homeschooling in Indiana

(Indiana Department of Education)

Oxford is proudly part of the the Benton Community School System!

Otterbein School is part of the the Benton Community School Corporation. The corporation includes three elementary schools for grades Kindergarten thru 6th grade and one Jr./Sr. High School grades 7-12. Accredited by the North Central Association, the school corporation is filled with seasoned teachers and offers many programs including Adult Continuing Education, After-school programs and an excellent array of athletic and extracurricular activities for our young people.

 

Prairie Crossing Elementary School

(Grades Pre-K - 6th)

2758 S 400 E,

Oxford, IN 47971

Benton Central Jr Sr High School

(Grades 7-12)

4241 E 300 S,

Oxford, IN 47971

Small school vibes. Big school opportunity.

Be proud to be a Bison! Watch below to get a picture of what's offered at

Benton Central High School....that includes our contagious team spirit.

Benton County Head Start

(Grades Pre-K)

105 S. Howard Street.

Oxford, IN 47971

Sacred Heart ES

(Grades PreK-6)

 

Private Education

607 N. Washington Ave.
Fowler, IN 47944

Find More Pre-K-12 Education Options on our County Site:

Higher Ed


 
In Oxford you can live a life of small town charm while completing quality higher education! Did you know that Oxford's downtown is only 19 miles from "Big-10" school Purdue University, and 26 miles from Ivy Tech's Lafayette Campus? Also, see the Higher Ed section of our County's Education Page for more information on Agriculture Development and Education opportunities, and other Adult Education through Benton Fountain Warren Adult Education "

 

Ivy Tech Community College

Lafayette, IN (26.5miles)

Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN (19.4miles)​

Purdue University 

Ivy Tech Community College 

 

Oxford History

We are known as the home to Dan Patch, world famous harness racing horse. But first...

History of Oxford

 

The first settlers came to graze cattle on the lush prairie grasses. They built their houses among the groves of trees, to protect themselves from the harsh winter environment, just as the Indians had done. They named the area White Oak Grove. This was near the intersection of two major Indian trails. An old, oak tree still stands, just west of Crown Street, with its branches permanently bent, they say, by the Indians to point the direction of the trails.

In 1843 the settlers soon decided they needed to establish a county government. So, Benton County was formed, at Basil Justus’ Tavern just south of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, on Michigan Rd. under some large oak trees, which still stand.

The first County Court House was constructed in the Town Square Park. When the need for restoration or rebuilding came, Moses Fowler led a successful drive to move the Court House to Fowler, Indiana, the geographic center of the county. Today Oxford has a lovely Park on the site where the first Court House stood.

Oxford is also known as the “Home of Dan Patch”. Dan Patch was a world famous harness racing horse, whose 1906 record pace of 1:55, for the mile, stood for thirty two years. Dan Patch was so well known throughout America, that he was called the first “Sports Superstar”

Oxford has a great heritage. To learn more about our town’s history, refer to the book entitled “Tales of a Prairie Town”, by Howard C. Gillispie, at our library.

Town Hall:

765-385-2150

After-Hours Utility Emergency

765-585-2551

Hours of  Operation

weekdays 9:00am to 4:00pm

105 S Howard Street (PO Box 54)

Oxford, IN 47971

General Site Navigation

County Resources:

 

Benton County Website

Benton County Sheriff

Benton 4 Business

Benton Co. Chamber of Commerce

GIS Mapping: For property aerial maps, parcel assessment, and tax info.

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