- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 12, 2005


Bass fishing guide Karl Bunch, who earns his living taking clients out onto the tidal Susquehanna River in the Havre de Grace area, isn’t kidding when he says, “Why not come here to fish and also soak up some true small-town atmosphere and Harford County history?”

Indeed, the area is packed with interesting shops, restaurants, antique stores and many other points of interest.

Because I’m a waterfowl hunter, high on my list is the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, which offers year-round tours, demonstrations, lectures and special events. Among many famed Susquehanna decoy carvers, the area was home to legendary carver and hunter R. Madison Mitchell.

Check out also the Concord Point Light & Keeper’s House at the foot of Lafayette Street. It has been around since 1827. On the same street, visit the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum and learn about the rich seagoing history of the region.

Look in on the Susquehanna Museum of Havre de Grace at the Lock House on Conesteo Street. It tells the story of the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal.

For a look to the past, historic skipjack Martha Lewis, one of the few remaining oyster dredge sailboats in the Chesapeake Bay, is docked at Tydings Park.

If you’re hungry, the little town has 14 restaurants that serve everything from great crab cakes to tender steaks. There also are a number of good bed-and-breakfast places, hotels/motels, parks, marinas and charter services.

The Havre de Grace Office of Tourism & Visitor Center will help you. Phone 800/851-7756.

— Gene Mueller

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