The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail traces the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake. Along the trail you'll encounter tangible evidence of the war and stories that bring the people and events to life. Discover the far-reaching impacts of . . . — — Map (db m212530) HM
Some 100 or 150 years ago, the watchman was protected from the weather by the shed that sat at the post road crossing of the north/southeast coast Washington to New York Highway, later known as route 7. When the crossing was closed the small . . . — — Map (db m146848) HM
Memorial dedicated on September 11, 2013, by the Aberdeen Heritage Trust and City of Aberdeen
This memorial is dedicated to the civilians, police, and firemen killed on September 11, 2001, in attacks on America. This piece of steel was . . . — — Map (db m190675) HM WM
Military reservation of 55000 acres of land and water. The Ordnance Department, U. S. Army operates here; the Army Proving Ground for Arms, Ammunition and Automotive Equipment; the Ballistic Research Laboratory; the Ordnance School. Established 1917. — — Map (db m168227) HM
This monument stands as a tribute to the Department of Defense civilians, military service members, and support contractors of Aberdeen Proving Ground and the former Edgewood Arsenal who lost their lives during the conduct of their missions.
We . . . — — Map (db m232651) WM
Dedicated May 30, 1975
In honor of all who serve honorably
in the military forces of their
country in wars declared
American Legion Post 128
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10028
Catholic War Veterans Post . . . — — Map (db m146931) WM
Maryland founded as a Proprietary Colony by Lord Baltimore, March 25, 1634.
Religious toleration established by Act of Assembly, 1649.
Mason-Dixon Line surveyed 1763-1767.
The British Stamp Act repudiated, 1765.
"Peggy Stewart" Tea Party, . . . — — Map (db m169062) HM
The first large-scale, general-purpose electronic digital computer, ENIAC (electronic numerical integrator and computer) was delivered to the U.S. Army's Ballistic Research Laboratory (BRL), Aberdeen Proving Ground, in 1947. Built by . . . — — Map (db m5434) HM
Explore the landscapes of the early 1600s along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Learn about the thriving American Indian communities John Smith encountered and imagine the bountiful Chesapeake he observed. Experience . . . — — Map (db m212529) HM
• August 10, 1981 – Cal Ripken, Jr. made his MLB
debut for the Baltimore Orioles
• October 16, 1983 – The Baltimore Orioles
defeat the Philadelphia Phillies to win the
World Series — Cal records final out
• September 6, 1995 – Cal . . . — — Map (db m183237) HM
At intersection of Old Post Road (established 1666) and Bush Neck Road (1670) were a tavern and relay point for stagecoaches in 18th Century. In 1835 nearby stop on Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad was named for Aberdeen, Scotland, . . . — — Map (db m1258) HM
Ernie Tyler was the umpire attendant for the Baltimore Orioles for 51 years. He worked 3,819 consecutive home games at Memorial Stadium and Camden Yards. From opening day 1960
to July 27, 2007 Ernie ended his streak to attend Cal Ripken, Jr.'s . . . — — Map (db m183290) HM
This property has been
placed on the
of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior
[Lower plaque:] . . . — — Map (db m138215) HM
Founded in 1671 at Gravelly, where original wooden structure no longer stands (about 2 miles southeast, on Aberdeen Proving Ground). Parish moved here in 1718. Present church, erected in 1851, is third on this site. Brick Vestry House here dates . . . — — Map (db m146952) HM
Founded in 1671. First church erected at Gravelly near Michaelsville, the three succeeding churches erected on the present location, one mile south of this point. Colonial vestry house erected 1766. — — Map (db m146955) HM
General Washington resigned his commission at Annapolis, December 23, 1783. American Revolution officially ended by Congress meeting in Annapolis, January 14, 1783. District of Columbia given to Nation, 1791. Francis Scott Key wrote "The . . . — — Map (db m25) HM
Route of General Washington’s triumphant journey, December 3-23, 1783, New York to Annapolis, to resign as Commander-In-Chief of the first
Originally erected 1932 by Dorsey Chapter N.S.D.A.R. to commemorate . . . — — Map (db m145385) HM
Here beside Bush River was county seat of Baltimore County, then largely wilderness including what is now Harford County. By 1676 Courthouse had been built. About ¼ mile south of surviving cemetery of Phillips family. (Here is buried Martha Paca . . . — — Map (db m149109) HM
The name is derived from the Latin for Utie's Hope, a 2,300-acre manorial grant in 1661 to Col. Nathaniel Utie, for whom this island was surveyed in 1658. Settling here from Virginia, Utie traded with the Indians, became a member of the Maryland . . . — — Map (db m4707) HM
County seat of Harford County from its origin March, 1774, until March, 1783. Here the first Declaration of Independence ever adopted by an organized body of men duly elected by the people was proclaimed on March 22, 1775. — — Map (db m129963) HM
Largest colonial landowner in this part of Maryland. Deputy Surveyor-General of Baltimore (then including Harford) County. Father of Bishop William White, first presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church and Chaplain of the Continental Congress. — — Map (db m1281) HM
The first Methodist college in the world established at Abingdon June 5, 1785 by Bishops Thomas Coke and Francis Asbury. Destroyed by fire December 4, 1796. Located 175 yards east of this point. — — Map (db m212464) HM
First Methodist college in the world.
Planned at Christmas conference.
Named for Bishops Thomas Coke and
Francis Asbury, corner stone laid
on this site June 5, 1785 by Asbury.
Classes begun 1787. Burned December
4,1795. Monument dedicated 1968. — — Map (db m212465) HM
This tablet marks the site of the building in which were held the Courts of Harford County from its organization in March 1774 until March 1783. In this house the Committee of Harford County held its meetings before and during the early years of . . . — — Map (db m1251) HM
After the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1863, the U.S. Army recruited both free blacks and slaves. In August 1863, freedman Alfred B. Hilton and his brothers Aaron and Henry enlisted in the 4th U.S. Colored Troops (USCT) in Havre de . . . — — Map (db m191938) HM
Alfred Hilton lived at his father's farm on Gravel Hill Road until August 1863, when he enlisted in Company H., 4th United States Colored Troops. He fought with distinction in several engagements in Virginia. As the national Color Sergeant, he was . . . — — Map (db m101718) HM WM
The open door symbolizes the heritage of religious freedom granted to the colonial citizens of Maryland by Cecil Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore in 1657. His belief in such freedom inspired Maryland to become the first colony to create a . . . — — Map (db m159927) HM
Court House erected 1791. Burned and re-erected 1858. Enlarged 1904. Portraits of notable men born in Harford adorn court room, including Edwin Booth, who gave his first theatrical performance there. — — Map (db m1225) HM
On July 31, 1861, 300 men from the 12th Pennsylvania Infantry under Capt. Daniel Leasure marched into Bel Air to arrest Southern sympathizers and confiscate weapons from local militia units. The troops halted at the courthouse square, then dispersed . . . — — Map (db m156302) HM
Commemorating the local history of the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad that traveled along this path connecting with the Spenceola CanneryCommissioned by The Harford County Cultural Arts BoardFunded through "Public Art Project Grant" Maryland . . . — — Map (db m96734) HM
Throughout his life, Frederick Y. Ward (1928-2009) demonstrated a commitment to Main Street and the Town of Bel Air. He was instrumental in pioneering the revitalization of Main Street and his company, Frederick Ward Associates, has been an integral . . . — — Map (db m162302) HM
These crosses represent a small fraction of the people buried in this field. From the mid - 1800's through 1973, Harford County's poor, unknown and unwanted were laid to rest here.May they rest in peace. — — Map (db m117078) HM
Hendon Hill Cemetery is the resting place of
American Citizens of Harford
County. These individuals include civil war
soldiers, housekeepers, laborers, children
and founding members of the American
Legion, Post #55 in Bel Air In . . . — — Map (db m187817) HM
Marker features an aerial view and 11 photos.
Aerial Photo 13 Aerial photograph of Bel Air taken in 1964 showing the location of the old racetrack, construction of the bypass and John Carroll. MD Route 24 and the Harford Mall are not yet . . . — — Map (db m104816) HM
Walking Tour North (60 min)
1. Bel Air Methodist Episcopal Church, 20 North Main Street
Originally constructed in 1888 using a standard catalog plan for Methodist churches, this impressive structure was transferred to the County . . . — — Map (db m104847) HM
In Grateful Recognition of Those Men and Women From Harford County Who Gave Their Lives in the Wartime Service of Their Country
World War I
Cpl Maurice L. Abbott • Pvt. James Alley • Pvt Everett F. Asher • Pvt Okey R. Chenoweth • Prv. . . . — — Map (db m101857) WM
In 1994, Harford County Department of Parks & Recreation helped to found the MA & PA Heritage Trail, Inc. to revitalize the former Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad into a pedestrian greenway that will ultimately stretch from Fallston to Forest Hill. — — Map (db m96741) HM
The History of the MA & PA Trail
The MA & PA Railroad stretched between Baltimore at North Avenue & Howard Streets, on to Towson, through Long Green Valley into Harford County. It ended at Market Street in York, Pennsylvania. Even by the . . . — — Map (db m104553) HM
The Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad was established in 1901. The route meandered 77 miles over 111 bridges and through 58 stations to connect Baltimore, MD and York, PA. The trail carried passengers and freight including slate products, coal, . . . — — Map (db m176089) HM
At the very spot where you're standing, Harford County's past and present converge in an exciting way! The Ma and Pa Railroad, which is short for Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad, was at one time an integral part of Harford County's . . . — — Map (db m97824) HM
The Liriodendron mansion was built in 1898 as a summer home away from the heat of the Kellys’ Mount Vernon home. The mansion was named after the tulip poplar trees that shade the 200-acre grounds. The Kelly family lived in the mansion until the . . . — — Map (db m173896) HM
Post card image of the Bel Air station circa 1907.
The 77.2 mile route of the Ma & Pa ran from Baltimore to York. While significantly longer than other railroads, the Ma & Pa passed through the center of Harford County. This is the . . . — — Map (db m173926) HM
Birthplace and home of Dr. John Archer, 1741-1810. First gradate of medicine in America, signer of the Bush Declaration March 22, 1775. Member of Congress 1802. One of the founder of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland. Father of five . . . — — Map (db m1236) HM
Sacred to the memory of the men of Harford County who made the supreme sacrifice during the World War.
Corporal Maurice L. Abbott Dec. 18th, 1918 • Private James Alley Jul. 18th, 1918 • Private Everett Fred Asbury Nov. 10th, 1918 • Sergeant Major . . . — — Map (db m159928) WM
Oldest Roman Catholic Church in continuous use in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Completed in 1792 by Sylvester Boarman, S.J., while in charge of the nearby Jesuit Mansion of St. Joseph at Priest’s Ford. Early pastors of the church served Charles . . . — — Map (db m1254) HM
The slate-roofed stone building at the bottom of the hill is a springhouse. It was built in the early 19th century to protect a source of drinking water for the people living in the house on the hill. Archer Hays had the house built in 1808, and the . . . — — Map (db m177536) HM
Solid wooden beams frame and support the slate roof
The windows with louvered covers allow fresh air to circulate
Sturdy shelf for items that need not be kept as cold
Thick stone walls built into side of the hill protect the water source . . . — — Map (db m177537) HM
One of the earliest buildings in Bel Air. Enlarged in 1814 by Thomas A. Hays (1780–1861), an attorney, landowner and entrepreneur. Moved to present location in 1960. Retains original interior features and woodwork, weatherboard and shutters. — — Map (db m159925) HM
Typical of workingmen's housing, the Norris House follows the "Shotgun" plan with the rooms in a straight line front to rear and has been designated an historic landmark by the Bel Air Historic Preservation Commission. — — Map (db m162311) HM
Left by Captain Hall of Cranberry in 1737 to his daughter Sophia, who married Colonel Thomas White, father of Bishop William White of Philadelphia, Mrs. Robert Morris and Sophia, who married Aquilla Hall. He built this house in 1768, one of the . . . — — Map (db m1261) HM
Established in 1821 by Richard Webster and in continuous use, the Calvary United Methodist Church is a rare example of an early Methodist Meeting House. It is constructed of stone from a local quarry and retains its original floor plan, including a . . . — — Map (db m1490) HM
Council of Safety met here 5 April 1775. Considered as site for county seat 1781
passed 6 May 1775 on way to be made Commander-in-Chief of Army
and his troops marched past 15 April 1781 on the way to . . . — — Map (db m1243) HM
Count de Rochambeau’s heavy artillery and baggage train camped near this point September 10, 1781. After fording the Susquehanna River at Bald Friar they proceeded to Bush to join the main troops. — — Map (db m1283) HM
A hamlet settled in the late eighteenth century by free blacks and whites. The Hosanna School, built in 1867, was Harford County's first public school for African Americans. Travelers, local farms, and industries such as milling, mining, quarrying, . . . — — Map (db m143953) HM
The Susquehanna River is
regarded as one of the best fishing
grounds along the East Coast. The
three most sought after freshwater
fish in the Susquehanna River are
the Smallmouth bass, the
Largemouth bass, and the Channel
catfish. Smallmouth . . . — — Map (db m179402) HM
Annie was a six year old child who was killed by a drunk driver while crossing the street with her family as they left the Circus. She was known as "Momma Annie" since she always cared for others before herself. Annie loved everyone and everyone . . . — — Map (db m13263) HM
Railroad service came to Forest Hill circa 1883, when the Maryland Central Railroad laid narrow gauge track from Baltimore to Delta, PA. The MCR suffered financial difficulties and emerged as the Maryland Central Railway Company in 1888. Interested . . . — — Map (db m187768) HM
The Havre de Grace Racetrack was a horse racing track on Post Road in Havre de Grace which operated from August 24, 1912 to 1950. Nicknamed "The Graw," it was owned by the Harford Agricultural and Breeders Association and also by the notorious . . . — — Map (db m211095) HM
The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail traces the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake. Along the trail you'll encounter tangible evidence of the war and stories that bring the people and events to life. Discover the far-reaching impacts of . . . — — Map (db m152380) HM
The Susquehannock Indians controlled the upper tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. John Smith was the first European to encounter them when he explored the Upper Bay in 1608. He described them as "a most noble and . . . — — Map (db m188475) HM
Wetlands are a beautiful place to visit. Brightly colored flowers and a variety of birds are just some of the wonderful things to see in a wetland.
Water rushes off the land in a storm. When the water reaches the wetlands, plants help to . . . — — Map (db m164225) HM
Prior to roads and rails, water was the most significant transportation mode in the growth of our nation's emerging economy. Situated at the juncture of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay, the town of Havre de Grace grew and prospered. . . . — — Map (db m163126) HM
Concord Point, like all lighthouses, was run by the United States
Lighthouse Establishment (LHE). All building projects were
approved and paid for by the LHE.
Several outbuildings were added to the Keeper's House property
including a well in . . . — — Map (db m164220) HM
Several outbuildings were added to the property after the initial construction of the Keeper’s House.
A well was dug in 1827 and research indicated that a pump was installed to draw water.
The pump house was added over the well in 1851. This . . . — — Map (db m165843) HM
A fog bell is a type of fog signal that uses sound, in this case the rhythmic clanging of a very loud bell, to warn vessels of navigational hazards, or boats of the presence of other vessels in foggy conditions. The term is most often used in . . . — — Map (db m164296) HM
An anchor is used to hold a boat or other floating object in position, and prevent it from drifting. Ancient anchors were simply a heavy rock dropped into the water at the end of a rope tied to the boat. Since the 19th century, anchors have been . . . — — Map (db m138212) HM
Frenchtown, on the Elk River, was struck on the morning of April 29, 1813. Rear Admiral Cockburn attempted a surprise attack and was greeted with a barrage from the town's battery. The guns had little effect and the British landed and burned the . . . — — Map (db m162134) HM
Herons, ducks, and geese gather along the shores and on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. A Great Blue heron has caught a fish to eat. Who is this? Domesticated geese are not native to this area. They are from Europe and Asia. The geese probably . . . — — Map (db m163991) HM
The town's defenders -- numbering about 20 -- failed to prevent some 400 British troops from coming ashore May 3, 1813.
A gun battery, probably located north of where the lighthouse now stands, was manned single-handedly by John . . . — — Map (db m163660) HM
Lock #9 at Lapidum was one of 29 numbered locks on the 45-mile-long Susquehanna & Tidewater Canal. From 1839 until 1894, the canal was a major route for commerce between central Pennsylvania and the Chesapeake Bay. The locks were used to raise canal . . . — — Map (db m213923) HM
In memory of Capt. Anthony J. Synodinos, CAP Chaplain (1 Lt.) Edward G. Conrad, CAP They died April 6, 1954, in an airplane crash off this point while performing a search and rescue mission. Service like theirs with thoughts more for . . . — — Map (db m36897) HM
James J. Archer was born here at the Carter-Archer house on December 18, 1817, the eighth of John and Ann Stump Archer's eleven children. James Archer graduated Princeton in 1835, attended Bacon College in Kentucky, and studied law at the University . . . — — Map (db m184309) HM
Built in 1827 of Port Deposit granite by local contractor John Donahoo, who built thirteen of the earliest lighthouses on the Chesapeake Bay. Originally lit with 9 whale oil lamps; a Fresnel lens was installed in 1854. The first keeper, John . . . — — Map (db m137129) HM
Erected at the mouth of the Susquehanna River in 1827, it is the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation in the United States. Now under automatic control, it was manned by the O’neill Family until 1928. John O’neill was named as the first . . . — — Map (db m165000) HM
The original property for the lighthouse Keeper's House included the entire block bounded by Concord Street to the east, Lafayette Street to the south, Alliance Street to the north and Young Street to the west. A fence surrounding the property . . . — — Map (db m164959) HM
On the point where the mighty Susquehanna River meets the Chesapeake Bay stands the lighthouse that protected vessels from dangerous waters for 148 years.
Built in 1827 to protect vessels from dangerous shoals and currents at the mouth of the . . . — — Map (db m164071) HM
Dedicated in Honor of the men and women of
Grace Reformed Episcopal Church in Havre de Grace, Maryland
who have served our nation in times of peace and war.
We will not forget your sacrifice and courage.
"Greater love hath no man than this, . . . — — Map (db m162123) WM
Brother's Lot, Wilton Farm, Greenway Farm, Allenwood Farm. Swan Harbor - many different names, many different families, each calling this farm home.
It began in 1659 when Colonial Nathaniel Utie received a land grant from Lord Baltimore for a . . . — — Map (db m213680) HM
Prior to the building of the Conowingo Dam in 1928, this area
flooded every spring when the snow melted. Light keepers used
a boat to go from the house to the lighthouse in order to light the lamps.
Raised wooden walkways were constructed . . . — — Map (db m164989) HM
This area has always been susceptible to flooding. Several times throughout the year, the entire property would have been under water. There are reports of light keepers taking a boat from the house to the lighthouse in order to light the . . . — — Map (db m165844) HM
On June 26th, 1924, Ernest Burke was born into the well-respected Burke family of Havre de Grace, MD. Ten years later, the death of both parents, the Depression, and regulation on the poor found him homeless.
Recognizing Ernest's physical . . . — — Map (db m189750) HM
Welcome to the Chesapeake region, a place that celebrates the natural and cultural heritage of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers. Discover our proud traditions and precious resources at Chesapeake Bay Gateways. The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network . . . — — Map (db m213916)