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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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  • We weren't lucky enough to see inside while we were there but it is a wonderful old historic lighthouse anyway... head over to the lighthouse keepers house across the street... you'll be glad you did  more »
  • It is an historical sight. The small lighthouse was built in 1827 and visitors can climb the stairs and ladder to the top and see the Chesapeake Bay. There's a limit of 4 people at a time because it i...  more »
  • The area around the lighthouse includes a great promenade along the water as well as a nice pier. It has a nice family feel and everyone is friendly. The lighthouse has a really nice backdrop of the u...  more »
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  • Really beautiful park around the lighthouse. They're doing more work to the area as well. Really picturesque place in the evening as well.
  • Nothing really negative to say. Every time I have gone here there has been no trash, an acceptable noise level, and overall pleasant feel.
  • 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.
  • Nice area to walk around but the lighthouse itself is not too impressive. Had some good historic insights.
  • 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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