Concord Point Lighthouse, Havre de Grace

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Concord Point Light is a lighthouse in Havre de Grace, Maryland, overlooking the point where the Susquehanna River flows into the Chesapeake Bay, an area of increasing navigational traffic at the time it was constructed in 1827. It was built by John Donahoo who built many lighthouses in Maryland. It is the northernmost lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay.DescriptionConcord Point Light is a 36ft tower that was built in 1827. It is the second oldest tower lighthouse still standing on the Chesapeake Bay. The lighthouse is constructed of Port Deposit granite. The walls are thick at the base and narrow to at the parapet. John Donahoo also built the keeper's house across the street.The lantern was originally lit with 9 whale oil lamps with 16in tin reflectors. In 1854, a sixth-order Fresnel lens was installed. This was later upgraded to a fifth-order Fresnel lens. The lighthouse was automated in 1920.HistorySeveral members of the O'Neill family served as keepers at Concord Point from 1827 to the mid-1900s. There were other keepers not related to the O'Neills who served as well. The first O'Neill, John, defended the town of Havre de Grace by manning a cannon battery on Concord Point during the War of 1812. Local documents describe the lighthouse area as being "seriously blighted" by 1924, and apparently remained that way for many years. The lighthouse was decommissioned by the Coast Guard in 1975 and soon after that the lens was stolen. The structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Extensive restoration began in 1979, and is ongoing. The keeper's house has been restored and is now open to the public as a museum.
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  • August 15, 2017
    This isn't the tallest lighthouse I've ever seen but the history behind them is always magical. The volunteer manning the lighthouse on Saturday was very knowledgeable and very good with children. My ...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    There's a spiral staircase inside which is nice. But be careful on the ladder to get into the cupola. There are plastic windows making the cupola warm--no air circulation save a small fan. The windows...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    very well kept area, nice & clean (inviting). The Concord Point Light is great shape as well as informative too. An added bonus, that's unexpected is the winding/twisting boardwalk along the coast ext...  more »
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  • June 24, 2017
    Really beautiful park around the lighthouse. They're doing more work to the area as well. Really picturesque place in the evening as well.
  • July 3, 2017
    Nothing really negative to say. Every time I have gone here there has been no trash, an acceptable noise level, and overall pleasant feel.
  • July 9, 2017
    Its a lghthouse...in a park. Can't say anything bad about a lighthouse in a park. Note: you can't go in the lighthouse.
  • June 22, 2017
    Nice area to walk around but the lighthouse itself is not too impressive. Had some good historic insights.
  • July 10, 2017
    It's in a beautiful setting in the harbor of Havre de Grace MD. The historical plaqards scattered about are pretty informative too.

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