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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  • It was an exceptionally pretty scene as it has snowed and the ground was covered. The white light with the red strip made for a festive scene. The park is well kept as is the light keepers restored dw...  more »
  • The Light House is located at the northeast end of a family friendly promenade (think boardwalk atmosphere without nthe shops) with waterfront views of the Susquehanna River's convergence with the Che...  more »
  • Should you be not going anyway. At this point, there is a very nice Bardwalk and also many points for visits. Nearby there is a small Marina, the Mritime Museum and not to forget the decoy Museum (HdG is famous for its carved life large ducks). Definitely a place for the relax and to learn something about the history of the city. There are also some very nice restaurants in the area inviting terraces at any time for dinner or just a drink.
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  • Beautifully maintained with town history all around. Breathtaking view of the Susquehanna river located in Havre de Grace, Md. Right next to a nice picturesque boardwalk along the river. Gotta see it to truly appreciate the beauty here!! Bring bug spray if walking the boardwalk in warm weather.
  • Nice little spot. I love the boardwalk and the innkeeper's house is neat. Random note: You need both your hands free to go up the stairs of the lighthouse, so if you have to carry your kid or they can't walk up the stairs on their own, they won't let you in.
  • Nice little spot in Harve De Grace MD. A nice spot to relax, walk, run, bring your kids (there is a few playgrounds here) and it’s right on the water too. Nearby is nice restaurants that overlook the water too. It’s good to come early if you want to make the most of this location.
  • Beautiful lighthouse, carriage house, and park. Great fun for kids and adults (just not very small children as there is a height restriction due to safety at the top.) The boardwalk along the Susquehanna river and Chesapeake Bay is stunning. A must visit, just be sure to check lighthouse hours if you wish to ascend. While in Havre de Grace, check out the Maritime Museum and Bomboy's Ice cream.
  • I love this place because Jesus is the Lighthouse! And it's by the River and Jesus is the River of Life! 💕🙏🙌😇

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