New Oxford, like Abbottstown, has a central square as its principal feature, but here there is a considerable economic center with shops, two turn-of-the-twentieth-century banks with entrances on the beveled corner like Frank Furness's post–Civil War buildings in Philadelphia, a hotel, and other commercial buildings around the square. Some of the commercial buildings still have their street awnings, a reminder of the value of shade in pre–air-conditioned Pennsylvania summers.
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