There are many old and unique buildings in Havre de Grace. Most of them have been restored and are being used today for various antique stores. This is an old building on the corner of Washinton Street and Pennington Avenue. There have been many things in this building over the years. When I was a teenager there was a deli in the front of this building which sold submarine sandwiches and pizza. There are apartments on the upper floors today and and antique shop and artist studio in the old store front.
This building is located about one block from the river and is in the middle of the original shopping district.
Built at the mouth of the Susquehanna river in 1827, it is the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation in the USA.
Now under automatic control, the light was manned by the O'neil family until 1928.
John O'Neil was named as the first lighthouse keeper in recognition of his heroic defense of Havre De Grace against the British in the War of 1812.
The Maritime Museum is located about one half block from Concord Point Lighthouse. It sits just off the the city boardwalk and is in walking distance from the city park, Corcord Point Lighthouse or the Decoy Museum. It holds artifacts and local maritime history information.
It is located on former swamp land which was a massive playground for me and many other children over the years. The area has been filled in and graded. The musuem sits on a large wooden platform that rests above the wetlands.
There are several small museums in Havre de Grace. One of the more popular is the Decoy Museum. It is located near the Boardwalk which winds through the wetlands along the shoreline from Tydings Park to Concord Point. The museum tells not only the history of decoy making in the area but offers many exhibits of decoys and a memorial to Madison Mitchell, one of the best known decoy makers from Havre de Grace. The fact that he was also the local mortician may explain his adept use at carving the replicia's. But that is a subject I really do not want to think about.
Another museum is located at the old Lock House. Here you will find the Susquehanna Lock House Museum. Here you can walk along the water front. See a restored lock from the old canel which went from Havre de Grace up north to Pennsylvania. Inside the lock house you will find exhibits on Havre de Grace history. The house itself is from 1836 and is the original home of the lock tender who opened the lock and collected tolls. Before becoming a historical site and museum the house was a private home for many years. How do I know this? Because my fathers cousin lived here for many years from the 1950's - 1970's.
Here is a picture of the lock keepers house. In the very corner of the picture you can see a part of the lock its self. It looks bridge going over the canal. It has been restored to working order.
The decoy museum provides a visitor with an opportunity to see the craftmanship and artistry that are required to become a world class decoy carver.
The lighthouse offers a great view of the shallows near Concord Point in the upper Chesapeake Bay. A very scenic viewpoint of both the lighthouse and the bay.
The statue of the Major General Marquis de LaFayette can be found in Havre de Grace on the main street.