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Havre de Grace, Maryland is my hometown although I now live about thirty five miles south in Baltimore. I was born in Havre de Grace and spent my first forty years living here. Havre de Grace is a small town of about 10,000 people. Most people do not realize that it almost became the capitol of the United States. It narrowly lost out to Washington DC as the site for the new capitol in 1791.
George Washington and General Lafayette of France spent time in Havre de Grace during the Revolutionary War. Legend has it that the name Havre de Grace came from General Lafayette. He remarked what a beautfiul harbor it was and how it reminded him of La Havre in France. So the name came to be Havre de Grace or Harbor of Grace or Beauty. If you are a native here you call it Havr de Grass.
Havre de Grace is placed in what I think is one of the most beautiful locations in Maryland. The Susquehanna River ends at Concord Point in Havre de Grace. And just where the river ends, the Chesapeake Bay begins. From Concord Point you can literally see the river and bay becoming one.
The light house at Concord Point is one of the oldest still in operation on the east coast. The view of the Chesapeake Bay from the lighthouse is breath taking.
Havre de Grace is also the self proclaimed Decoy Capitol of the World. This is because so many world famous decoy makers are from Havre de Grace. However, being a lifelong resident I never heard of any challenges or competitions for the title. One day it just appeared on a billboard at the entrance to the town and since that time its claimed the title.
- Pros:Small town life with lots of history.
- Cons:Small town life is enough of a con for some people.
- In a nutshell:At the mouth of Susquehanna and the source of the Chesapeake Bay.
There are a series of bridges that cross the Susquehanna River at Havre de Grace. The very first one is the B&O Railroad... more travel advice
This is the statue of St. Patrick in the yard of the church. St. Patricks now has a large building built for community... more travel advice
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