Havre de Grace in Harford County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Luxury on the Bay
Edward F. Piersol conceived the idea for the Bayou Hotel and was the first owner. The hotel, considered lavish for a small town was built with field stone from Harford County and completed in 1921. Each of the sixty rooms had a private bath, (a luxury for that time) and most rooms had a view of the water. Other extravagances included a parking garage and the indoor pool that is now part of the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum.
Join us for an evening at the Bayou Hotel in 1926
Mingle with famous clients who have come from Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City to hunt canvasback ducks on the flats, fish, and attend the local horse races. Feast on fresh roasted duck in the large dining room with a view of the bay and then stroll through the formal gardens to the indoor heated pool for a dip. Finally, head back to the hotel bar for a nightcap and retire to your waterfront room.
The hotel did well during the 1920s but by the early 1930s things began to look grim. A large fire in 1932 caused the Bayou to close for renovations. Sinkboxing, the favored form
Later the Hotel served as a retirement home for the Franciscan Sisters. A two-story tower was added in 1953. Shortly after this, the hotel became the Bayou Villa Apartments. The building fell into disrepair and stood empty. The city assumed ownership in 1976. The Bayou is now a privately owned condominium association.
Location. 39° 32.356′ N, 76° 5.21′ W. Marker is in Havre de Grace, Maryland, in Harford County. Marker can be reached from Commerce Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the Havre de Grace Promenade, a board walk from Millard E. Tydings Memorial Park to the Havre de Grace Lighthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Havre de Grace MD 21078, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lure of the Chesapeake (a few steps from this marker); Attack at Frenchtown (within shouting distance of this marker); Birds by the Bay (within shouting distance of this marker); Invasion at Dawn (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Crucial Connection (about 300 feet away); A Perfect Location Welcome to Our Wetland Home (about 500 feet away); Screaming Rockets (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Havre de Grace.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Walking tour of Havre de Grace Promenade
Also see . . . Bayou Hotel. HA-1127, Maryland Historical Sites Survey, 1977, Maryland State Archives. (Submitted on October 6, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
1. The War of 1812
The Bayou represents the approximate location of the Concord Point Battery that resisted the British attack on May 3, 1813. The battery held out until a man named Webster was killed by a Congreve rocket. As the American defense collapsed, 2nd Lt. John O'Neill at the Potato Battery (near the foot of Revolution Street) was the last American defender.
— Submitted October 6, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 29, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,272 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 29, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 6, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.