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Havre de Grace in Harford County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Nineteenth Century Travel

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
Nineteenth Century Travel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 3, 2013
1. Nineteenth Century Travel Marker
Inscription.  Travelers on the Post Road, the main route of north/south travel, passed through Havre de Grace and crossed the Susquehanna River on a ferry to Perryville. The ferry was chartered in 1695 and remained in use until the first railroad bridge was built in 1866. Because of the ferries' importance to commerce, the British burned them during their 1813 attack on Havre de Grace.

"(The British) took, plundered, and burnt the small vessels passing from one shore of the bay to the other, belonging to individuals, and loaded entirely with private property. This was their uniform practice."
-Jared Sparks,
Conflagration of Havre de Grace, 1817

[Painting caption]
A Ferry Scene on the Susquehanna at Wright's Ferry near Havre de Grace, ca. 1811 by Pavel Petrovich Svinin. Image (c) The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

[Inset at lower left]
Ferry launches were located just north and south of David Craig Park in Havre de Grace, and near Rodgers Tavern on the Perryville side of the river. When the first railroad bridge was built in 1866, it followed a route similar to what the ferries must have taken across
River Ferry image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 3, 2013
2. River Ferry
the river.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & VehiclesWar of 1812Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series list.
 
Location. 39° 33.36′ N, 76° 5.575′ W. Marker is in Havre de Grace, Maryland, in Harford County. Marker can be reached from Conesteo Street. Marker is on the grounds of the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Havre de Grace MD 21078, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. How a Lock Works (within shouting distance of this marker); The Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lafayette Trail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Lock House (about 300 feet away); Under Attack (approx. ¼ mile away); Susquehanna Lower Ferry (approx. ¼ mile away); Susquehanna River Crossing (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Susquehanna Lower Ferry (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Havre de Grace.
 
Marker with Susquehanna River in background image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 3, 2013
3. Marker with Susquehanna River in background
Map of ferry crossing image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 3, 2013
4. Map of ferry crossing
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 4, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 492 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on January 18, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 4, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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