Dec 28, 2006

Havre de Grace Maritime Museum

Though small on the outside, the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum is packed full of interesting bits of local history. The city sits at the confluence of the Chesapeake Bay and the Susquehanna River, so there's much to cover. The front of the museum is devoted to displays covering the bays long history, centered around the various extractive industries that once thrived there - fishing, fowling, oystering, and the such. There are scores of old and intriguing artifacts to look at.The back of the museum is devoted to a working boat shop, where one can see various restoration projects underway. The museum is home to an active and skilled group of boat builders, both model & prototype, and welcomes new participants. We spent a happy half hour just gazing at, and photographing, the woodwork. And the price is right: $2 for adults, $1 for seniors/students, and free for children under 8. The museum sits next to the Concord Point Lighthouse, and near the decoy museum. One can combine those with a walk along the waterfront promenade (newly restored), for a nice day's visit. The museum is open year round.