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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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  • Concord Point Lighthouse was built in 1827, is one of the oldest lighthouses in continuous operation on the East coast and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This small attractive ...  more »
  • We love lighthouses so we are very biased! This one is small but has a neat keeper's house nearby and an interesting story from the War of 1812. It's worth a look! 
  • As lighthouses go, nothing really interesting about this one. Not a real scenic view, but there it is, a lighthouse for those that enjoy this type of thing. 
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  • Verry nice view but scary view from top of lighthouse but it's a good time
  • Beautiful place to visit, right on the water. There's a long scenic boardwalk that takes you along the water over to Tyding's Park. There are also public fishing piers.
  • Me and my brother love walking to here every week. It's a great bonding experience
  • Wish the Lighthouse was open year round. It's a great park but they need to have a better beach for swimming in.
  • Very relaxing place to take photos or just do nothing at all! In addition to the lighthouse there is a boardwalk you can walk along the waterfront and a pier as well.