World Travelers at Concord Point
Here's a fun idea. Take a group of your best friends who have all done extensive world traveling to your home town for the day and watch their faces as they pretend to fascinated with all of your wonderful anecdotes. Actually we all had a really nice time on this day. We attended an art show in the city park and had a wonderful dinner at a water front restaurant.
Pictured here is a group of my closest friends and my daughter all standing behind the Concord Point Lighthouse I mentioned in my must see activities.
Visit the Susquehana Museum,...
Visit the Susquehana Museum, Concord Point Lighthouse, Havre de Grace Maritime Museum or the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum. We enjoyed the concord Point Lighthouse, but then again FerdNBean are lighthouse hounds.The Concord Point Lighthouse has been helping guide sailors and boaters in the upper Chesapeake Bay for over 170 years and is the oldest continually used lighthouse in the state of Maryland.
Conowingo Dam and Fishing Park
The Conowingo Dam spans the Susquehanna River about 9 miles upstream from Havre de Grace. The area, as per the 1612 John Smith map, was originally known as Smyth's Falls. This hydroelectric dam also serves as a bridge for US-1 across the river. The original US-1 crossing, Conowingo Bridge, would have been submerged after the completion of the dam, so it was demolished in 1928. The dam also has 53 flood control gates, starting at the northeastern end of the powerhouse and spanning the majority of the dam. Just below the dam is the Conowingo Fisherman's Park, which is open to the public.
According to Wikipedia, the Conowingo Dam, and to a lesser extent the Holtwood and Safe Harbor Dams further upstream, severely impacted the migratory fish species, especially the American shad, that would swim up the Susquehanna River to spawn. In 1984 a fish capture feature was added at Conowingo and the shad were trucked upstream above all three dams and released. This program ended in 1999. A fish lift was installed at Conowingo in 1991. All three dams completed installation of fish lifts in time for the 2000 season. During the 2000 migration season, 153,000 American shad passed through the Conowingo fish lift. "However, passage rates of shad from Conowingo to Holtwood have been only 30 to 50 percent, suggesting that fish are having difficulty moving upstream in the waters of the Conowingo pool." This may not be good for the shad but probably explains why the fishing is good in the pool. There is a good website on how to fish for American Shad at Conowingo.
The Havre de Grace Self-Guided Tour tells us that this building was built and added to during the early 1800's (1809-1814). The lot itself was first leased in 1782 by Gabriel Peterson Van Horn from the town's founder, Robert Young Stokes. Van Horn was a partner in the first (1781) overland-stage line from Baltimore to Lower Ferry (one of Havre de Grace's early names). The structure has a French Colonial appearance due to the wrap-around porch, and hipped roof with gabled dormers. There is an old picture shown in the Maryland Digital Cultural Heritage Collection from the 1930's when it was a tavern. Old Ordinary now houses a real estate office.
The Havre de Grace Self-Guided Tour tells us that the Seneca Mansion is a Victorian-style residence built in 1885 by Stephen J. Seneca, a local entrepreneur. He was mayor of Havre de Grace from 1893-94, and had a major influence on Havre de Grace architecture through his relationship with noted architect, William Lewis Plack. The Mansion is located on the northwest corner of Union and Pennington Avenues and is the largest of the Victorian homes of the Grand Style in town. Note the copper-covered turrets, the design of the brick chimneys, bay windows, the porches, and the dormer windows. Originally, an open second-story porch, with spindles and rails, sat atop the first-floor porch. In its original layout, the Seneca Mansion had 22 rooms. Today it is offices for a doctor and a dentist.