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Havre de Grace, Maryland Historical Markers

 
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By Bill Pfingsten, September 23, 2012
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Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — "O! say can you see..."Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
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 m59829) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — A Crucial ConnectionWetlands are the vital link between land and water.
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 slow the . . . — Map (db m9696) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — A Perfect Location
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 m9699) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Alfred B. HiltonMedal of Honor Recipient
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 Grace. . . . — Map (db m92020) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Alfred B. Hilton Memorial Park
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
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — America's 25th Earth Day
On this site President William J. Clinton and Vice President Albert Gore, Jr. delivered addresses in celebration of America's 25th Earth Day April 21, 1995 — Map (db m8186) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Attack at FrenchtownStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
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 m64176) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Birds by the Bay
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 m9695) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — British LandingStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
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 m69226) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Capt. Anthony J. Synodinos & 1st Lt. Edward G. Conrad,Civil Air Patrol
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
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Concord Point LighthouseHavre de Grace, Md.
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 m1485) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Dangerous Waters
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 m1488) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Deer Creek Harmony Presbyterian Church
This property has been place on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior circa 1870 — Map (db m95651) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Enjoy the Havre de Grace Promenade
Stroll along our boardwalk, stop and listen to the ducks splashing in the water, feel the bay breeze on your cheek, and search the horizon for boats drifting on the water. — Map (db m9705) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Havre de GraceWar of 1812
Here on the morning of May 3, 1813, British Forces under Admiral Cockburn landed, sacked, and burned the town. The principal defenses were two small batteries on Concord Point. The “Potato Battery” on high ground was manned to the last . . . — Map (db m1273) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Havre de Grace Racetrack
In operation from 1912 to 1950 and nicknamed “The Graw.” The Harford Agricultural and Breeders Association racetrack was one of four one-mile thoroughbred racecouses in Maryland and reflected Harford County’s status as a breeding center . . . — Map (db m1269) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Havre de Grace War MemorialMillard E. Tydings Memorial Park
1917 * This Memorial * 1918 erected by the citizens of Havre-de-Grace as an expression of gratitude to those of this community who served their country in the Great World War. *Honor Roll* Lieut. Col. M. E. Tydings * Capt. Ira . . . — Map (db m39557) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Hero's RewardStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
John O'Neill led a futile defense when British raiders attacked Havre de Grace May 3, 1812. As other defenders fled, O'Neill briefly manned a cannon alone. His courage earned O'Neill a presidential appointment as first keeper of the Concord Point . . . — Map (db m69182) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Home BaseStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
Five days before the 1813 attack on Havre de Grace, British ships anchored at Spesutia Island, just south of here. Island residents were "greatly terrified" upon their arrival, but were assured they would not be harmed. The Royal Navy used the . . . — Map (db m64165) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Home of RefugeStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — War of 1812
As the British savagely burned the buildings in Havre de Grace during their morning attack May 3, 1813, the townspeople ran west for protection to a home that stood near this location. The home, known as Bloomsbury, was owned by Baltimore . . . — Map (db m80342) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — How a Lock Works
Instead of following the slope of the land, as rivers and streams do, a canal periodically takes a vertical step between long stretches of flat water. Locks were constructed at each vertical step to accomplish moving barges up and down between each . . . — Map (db m1493) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Invasion at DawnStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
The British fleet approached Havre de Grace at dawn on the morning of May 3, 1813 in small launches. Rear Admiral Cockburn favored attacking towns at first light. Havre de Grace residents awoke to the terrifying sounds of bombs exploding and rockets . . . — Map (db m64167) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — John O'Neill
This cannon of the War of 1812 marks the site of the battery on Concord Point where John O'Neill 1769-1838 served the guns single handed during the British attack upon Havre de Grace May 3, 1813 until disabled and captured. He was . . . — Map (db m8182) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Keeper of the Light
Each night he left his house to climb the 27 stairs and 6 rung iron ladder to the top of the lighthouse. And he did this three times a night to refill the oil that kept the light burning and the ships safe. This is the house of the . . . — Map (db m1777) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway
Ribbons of green along our shores... The Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway connects natural and historical areas along both shores of the Susquehanna River. Havre de Grace is located on the southwest end of this greenway. Discover Havre . . . — Map (db m9704) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Lure of the Chesapeake
Canvasback ducks float quietly on the water The hunter waits Flocks of ducks appear in the sky, cup their wings and drop down to the waiting canvasbacks The hunter's ploy has worked For it was not real canvasbacks that lured the ducks but well . . . — Map (db m9694) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Luxury on the Bay
Listen, and you can almost hear the jazz music and smell the roasting duck. 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 . . . — Map (db m9693) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Matilda O'Neill Home
During the War of 1812, the British sailed up the Chesapeake Bay. After laying siege to Washington, D.C. and burning the White Housee, and having been held at bay by the patriots in Baltimore, they proceeded to Havre de Grace. Most of the residents . . . — Map (db m25562) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Nineteenth Century TravelStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
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 . . . — Map (db m64140) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — No RespectStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
St. John's Episcopal Church survived the British attack on Havre de Grace May 3, 1813. The enemy spared the 1809 structure but damaged the interior. According to a newspaper account: "Finding nothing to steal (the raiders) 'magnanimously' . . . — Map (db m69194) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Old Post Road: Count Rochambeau’s Troops
Old Post Road Established 1666. Count Rochambeau’s troops camped here September 9, 1781 after having crossed the Susquehanna River on their way to the siege of Yorktown, Va. — Map (db m1271) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Old Post Road: Susquehanna Lower Ferry
Old Post Road Established 1666. Public Ferry ordered established by the Council of Maryland 1695 for travel between north and south. General Washington and many notable men used this ferry, also, the Continental Army and soldiers of War Between . . . — Map (db m1275) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Out of the FlamesStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
Rodgers House miraculously survived the 1813 burning of Havre de Grace. Dating from 1788, this is the town's oldest documented structure. John and Elizabeth Rodgers, parents of U.S. Naval hero John Rodgers, operated a tavern here. They also . . . — Map (db m64144) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — President William J. Clinton
On this site President William J. Clinton and Vice President Albert Gore, Jr. delivered addresses in celebration of America's 25th Earth Day April 21, 1995 — Map (db m9702) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Principio DestroyedStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
A target of the British during the War of 1812, Principio Iron Foundry was destroyed on May 3, 1813. the foundry, located on the Northeast River was owned by Samuel Hughes and had a contract with the U.S. Navy. In this raid Hughes' losses included . . . — Map (db m64177) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Prospect School
A hexagonal fieldstone structure built ca. 1850 by local stone mason Joshua W. Stevens, the Prospect School served grades one through eight until 1930. Polygonal buildings - more typically octagons - were promoted in the mid 19th century for their . . . — Map (db m52649) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — River CrossingStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — War of 1812
Little evidence remains of what was once the northernmost navigable deep-water port on the Susquehanna River. The “Upper Ferry” crossed between here and Port Deposit.

When the British attacked May 3, 1813, they helped themselves to a . . . — Map (db m80344) HM

Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Rochambeau Plaza
Named for the French General whose troops passed through here in 1781 en route to Yorktown. Records of the French Army noted plans were underway for a town at this place when the troops returned from Yorktown in 1782. — Map (db m1274) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Rock Run
Rock Run House, the home of Brigadier-General James J. Archer, who resigned from the United States Army to join the Confederacy. Wounded and captured at Gettysburg July 1, 1863, General Archer died in Richmond October 24, 1864, shortly after his . . . — Map (db m1242) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Rock Run Landing
Part of “Land of Promise” tract. Original mill (1760), present grist mill (1794), first Susquehanna River Bridge (1818) and Barge Canal (1839) made through this hamlet a thriving commercial center. Surviving are Miller’s House, the Mill, . . . — Map (db m1241) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Rock Run Mill
The Rock Run Mill was built in 1794 by John Stump, a prominent businessman, on land originally known as “Land of Promise.” The mill was in continuous operation until 1954. It is one of the oldest mills still standing in Harford County. . . . — Map (db m1295) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Screaming RocketsStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
On the morning of May 3, 1813, the British came ashore at several points and set to work plundering and burning the town. they used Congreve rockets, which made horrible whizzing and popping sounds, to create chaos and terror. The British . . . — Map (db m64209) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — State of ReadinessStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
During the War of 1812, Havre de Grace was a fishing village, but also played host to many travelers. The Post Road, the main route of land travel in the day, came through town, and travelers used the local ferry at the north end of town to cross . . . — Map (db m64166) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Surprise AttackStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
Cannon and rocket fire shook residents of Havre de Grace from their sleep as the British attacked at dawn May 3, 1813. An eyewitness reported: "Distressed people, women and children half naked" ran from their homes. The local militia fled, . . . — Map (db m59832) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Susquehanna Lower FerryStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
The taverns and the ferry made Havre de Grace, originally called Susquehanna Lower Ferry, a successful town in the early 19th century. People arrived via the Post Road, the major route of north/south travel in the day, and crossed the Susquehanna . . . — Map (db m64141) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Susquehanna River Crossing
Beginning in 1838,the cars of the Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad were carried across the Susquehanna River by the first railroad ferry in the U.S. A rail bridge replaced the ferry in 1866. The surviving granite piers carried the . . . — Map (db m79601) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Susquehanna River/Chesapeake Bay
. . . — Map (db m9703) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — The Concord Point Light Keeper’s House and Property
1827-1920. Constructed by John Donahoo of Havre de Grace, Builder of Twelve Maryland Light Houses. The house and property were sold by the U.S. Government in April 1920 as the light had been automated and a resident keeper was no longer . . . — Map (db m1489) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — The Lafayette Trail
This three-mile trail begins here at the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House and winds through the historic district. As you follow the fleur-de-lis trail marker, you will travel by our museums and over 800 historic structures within the old town . . . — Map (db m104475) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — The Lock House
The Lock House is located at the southern terminus of the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal, which operated from 1840-1897. The canal was pivotal in the development of the Lower Susquehanna River Valley. It connected with the Pennsylvania Canal at . . . — Map (db m1492) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — The Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal
The 45-mile long Susquehanna (PA) and Tidewater (MD) Canal ran from Wrightsville, Pennsylvania to Havre de Grace, Maryland. The canal was built between 1835 and 1839 in order to improve commerce on the Susquehanna River. The new canal would connect . . . — Map (db m1494) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Under AttackStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
The British under Rear Admiral George Cockburn attacked Havre de Grace on May 3, 1813. They went from house to house, burning and confiscating belongings along the way. Beds were ripped apart, and furniture and clothing were ruined. "The hills . . . — Map (db m64142) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — War in the ChesapeakeStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
During the War of 1812 the young United States was embroiled in conflict with Great Britain. From 1812 to 1815 Americans fought to protect their rights and economic independence. They faced superior enemy forces on the homefront and the high . . . — Map (db m59827) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Welcome to Our Wetland Home
Along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay wetlands provide a home for many different animals. Listen...Look...can you find the animals that call this special place home? Look Up! Can you find the snake? Black rat snakes are skilled . . . — Map (db m9701) HM

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