Small town life with lots of history.
Small town life is enough of a con for some people.
HDG, more than just a small town . . . it's a very small city.
The Susquehanna Museum of Havre de Grace really marks the beginning of the Chesapeake Bay. The Bay opens up on one side of the city, supported by the flow of the Susquehanna River from the north. The museum is located in the lock house at what once was the southern terminus of the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal, which operated from 1840-1897. The...more
At the point where the Susquehanna River enters the Chesapeake Bay stands the Concord Point Lighthouse; this lighthouse has protected many vessels from the dangerous waters for approximately 150 years.The lighthouse was built in 1827 to protect vessels from the dangerous currents and shoals at the mouth of the Susquehanna. It continued to serve...more
Havre de Grace has a lovely Promenade that runs for a half mile along the edge of the Chesapeake Bay, starting at Tydings Park and ending at the Concord Point Lighthouse.This short stroll will give you an opportunity to see plenty of waterfowl and will be a pleasure for ornithologists.The Promenade is open daily from sunrise to 23:00 with bicycling...more
Take a sunset dinner cruise on the Lantern Queen and enjoy a narrated tour of the historic sights of Havre de Grace while cruising the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay. The cruise schedule varies by the time of year. A 2-hour public dinner cruise costs $45.00. I have not actually done this myself, but it sure sounds good. The Lantern Queen is a...more
This is the home of John O'Neil the first keeper of the lighthouse. This is located directly across the street from the Concord Point Light House. This building has seen many different occupants. In the 1950's it had two additions added to each side of it and was made into a night club called The Home Stretch. In the early 1960's when most of this...more
This is a large hydroelectric dam situated on the Lower Susquehanna River. One of the largest non-federal hydroelectric dams within America and is a medium height, masonry gravity type dam. It is located in Maryland and spans both the Cecil and Harford county border being almost 10 miles from the river mouth at the Chesapeake Bay.The dam is named...more
This State Park is located in the river valley of the Susquehanna River. There is great variety of scenery with a great forest cover that gives wonderful canopy and massive rock outcroppings. There are plenty of outdoor activities, including hiking (trail guides are available on the website listed below), mountain bike trails, boating and fishing...more
Situated near where the Susquehanna River meets the Chesapeake Bay, this museum tells the story of the region's maritime heritage through educational exhibits, monthly lectures, and programs like the Chesapeake Wooden Boat Builders School and the Susquehanna Flats Environmental Center. Entrance fees:US$3.50 AdultsUS$2.50 Seniors (60+) &...more
The Concord Point Lighthouse Keeper's cottage is newly restored and gives an insight into the life of John O'Neill, the first Keeper of the Light.Each night, he would leave his house and climb the 27 stairs and 6-rung iron ladder to the top of the lighthouse. He would attend the light, refilling the oil, three times each night, thereby protecting...more
Havre de Grace is where you will find the convergence of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay. The Susquehanna River is 444 miles long (making it the longest river on the American east coast) and has its source in New York state.The river provides almost half the freshwater flow into the Chesapeake Bay and attracts many fishermen for its...more
At this site near Havre de Grace, you will find two historic markers which read:Site of 'Old Baltimore' -->The first County Seat of Baltimore County, 1659 to 1700, was located on Bush River. In 1683 it was made a Port of Entry by the Maryland Assembly.The town of Old Baltimore was on the bank of the Bush River opposite the sign, in the Army’s...more
929 Pulaski Highway, I-95 Exit 89, Havre de Grace, Maryland, 21078, United States
Good for: Solo
912 Pulaski Highway, Havre de Grace, Maryland, 21078, United States
Good for: Families
301 South Union Avenue, Havre de Grace, Maryland, 21078, United States
Good for: Solo
MacGregor's is the best restaurant in Havre de Grace. In fact, this is one of the best seafood restaurants anywhere and my personal favorite. The Tidewater Grill has a little better location just down the hill (closer to the shore), but there is no comparison food-wise. Do not underestimate MacGregor's location though. It overlooks the Susquehanna...more
If you don't stay in a B&B, the Ritz Gourmet Cafe is a nice place to go for breakfast. I noticed that many locals like to meet there in the morning. However, they serve lunch and dinner also. I just had breakfast but there is a very nice TripAdvisor review on their dinner options. Their menu is eclectic with both local and international entrees.more
Price's Seafood originally opened in 1944, and was family owned and run for many years. It was an authentic "Maryland crabhouse" and became famous for its Maryland blue crabs. Evidently a few years ago it was sold to an absentee owner, did not do well, and was closed. When I was in Havre de Grace on 6 May 08, it had just re-opened about week and...more
This restaurant not only produces great food, it gives you a great view to enjoy as well!!Mark, Larry and I stopped here on the way home from Philadelphia (we took the longer and more scenic route through Delaware). I enjoyed a great pasta dish of crab and shrimp bruschetta which had lovely al dente linguini and chunks of crab with a good portion...more
The Tidewater Grille is in a great location near the water on the Chesapeake Bay. I cannot remember the name, but I used to go to the restaurant in the same location back in the early 1980's. They were expensive and more than a little haughty, so I was happy to switch to MacGregor's when it opened. On 6 May 08, I decided to give the Tidewater...more
Large glass windows face the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay. As you eat some of the best steamed crabs in America, your view will be that part of the Susquehanna River that Captain John Smith described when he wrote that he had to turn back because the rocks were big and the Susquehannock Indians were even bigger! Nothing Fancy. If you long for...more
Two railroads cross the Susquehanna River in and near Havre de Grace. Amtrak's busy Northeast Corridor trains pass through Havre de Grace on an elevated line on the Susquehanna River Bridge. This bridge was built by the Pennsylvania Railroad for its New York City–Washington, D.C. line. CSX Transportation's Perryville Railroad Bridge, originally...more
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The home made ice cream is on one side of the street and the home made chocolates on the other. If you need a chocolate fix, I am sure you can find what you need. Me, I stick to the ice cream. Bomboy's has been open since 1978 and uses family recipes. One question though... how do they get all that cream from a plastic cow?more
Legion Square is one of the busier intersections in the city. Here Union Ave, St. John Street, Otsego Street and Water Street all meet to cause one bizarre traffic island.
The American Legion is located at this intersection hence the name Legion Square. In the square is a statue in memory of the Marquis de Lafayette who was in town here with George Washington during the American Revolution.
During the winter it is not uncommon to find the Marquis with a scarf around his neck and a stocking cap on his head placed there as a joke by one of the local businessmen.
I suggest clicking on the picture to enlarge it , It has a clear picture of the square and the intersection that is not as clear in the smaller thumbnail version.
Another structure of great historic significance is the Rodger's House, located at 226 North Washington Street. Built in 1787, it is the oldest structure in the city. Its most important attribute is the ownership by members of the naval Rodgers family for almost 100 years. George Washington, in his diary noted two stops at this house in 1787 and...more
The Havre de Grace Self-Guided Tour tells us that Stephen J. Seneca built this building in 1885 for his fruit packing and can manufacturing operation that sold under the Red Cross label. It is located at the water's edge, and with adjacent railroad tracks to facilitate shipping, this was a perfect site for a canning industry. The railroad tracks...more
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,...more
There are some great local sports venues to check out such as HHS football, Little League Baseball, etc. Don't scoff at these hometown favorites, the Gracians take their LLBB very seriously, afterall, where do you think Cal got his start? Speaking of Cal, go to Aberdeen's Ripken Stadium and cheer on the local AA Ball team, the Aberdeen Ironbirds.more
This is the historic John O'Neil cannon I was writing about in my must see activities. It is kind of a rite of passage to have your photo taken sitting on top of the canon as a child when you live in Havre de Grace. I have pictures of me as a baby, my sister, my daughters and all of my nephews taken on this canon. So it is only natural that when I...more
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...more
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...more