Will You Buy A Havre de Grace License Plate?

Havre de Grace could be featured on a license plate soon.

Just when you thought that on your bumper was looking lonely, here comes a license plate.

City officials and one local businessman have been working on a license plate to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 in Havre de Grace. The image was unveiled last Monday and provided to on Friday by .

According to Explore Harford, the plans to have the plates on hand within a month available at $35 or $40.

The owners of at least 25 registered vehicles will have to reserve a Havre de Grace license plate before the Motor Vehicle Administration finalizes the plate.

To get your name on the list, contact at brigittep@havredegracemd.com or 410-939-2100.

The logo was designed by Bill Watson, owner of Elementary Design By Watson and chairman of the city's tourism advisory board.

sef April 16, 2012 at 11:40 AM
I don't think so.
Biller's Bikes April 16, 2012 at 01:29 PM
A HdG license plate is a fun idea. This design, however, will give fleeting motorists the impression that our city was founded in 1813 and is coming up on its bicentennial. We always felt HdG's symbolic roots fell more with Continental Army generals Washington and Lafayette and the Revolutionary War (the city was founded in 1782).
Jack Hirschfeld April 16, 2012 at 01:32 PM
While I understand the importance of the cannon, I tend to think of PEOPLE as defenders of our country, and not GUNS. What happens to the revenue? Is it earmarked, or does it just go into the treasury?
Hollee Sifford April 16, 2012 at 02:15 PM
I will not purchase a license plate.......However......I will donate that 35 or 40 dollars to a youth program:)
Peggy Schroeder April 16, 2012 at 03:15 PM
What a cool logo and a great way to celebrate the bicentennial. I live just outside of city limits....can I still get one?
Terry April 17, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Any Maryland resident should be able to buy the license plates.
Tom Fitzpatrick April 17, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Yes, I drive all over Maryland, Virginia, Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York. I'll be happy to advertise my home town!
Dawn April 17, 2012 at 07:59 PM
I'm with you Hollee - a youth program would do so much for the future leaders of this town but yet - they always seem to get overlooked until something tragic happens to them. Then the youngsters get their one to two minutes of fame - mostly because he/she was doing something that probably shouldn't have been done in the first place and that's what led to the tragedy. When is someone going to step up in this town and help to get some type of local rec center, bowling alley, skating rink, INEXPENSIVE movie theater, miniature golf place...or some other kid-friendly activity center opened for the kids instead of yet another antique store or candle store or art store or......and the list can go on and on. Maybe someday this will happen for the HDG kids......hopefully before anymore lives get lost tragically or criminally.
Marita O'Connell April 18, 2012 at 02:48 AM
If I understand correctly, this is not a Havre de Grace license plate promoting or advertising our wonderful city. It is commemorating or celebrating a War, with a large cannon, and a Union Jack, under which our city was attacked, ravaged, pillaged, and almost completely burned to the ground. Why would I want a license plate that commemorates or celebrates this War? Or any War, for that matter. I just don't get this. But I definitely would use a license plate that promotes the city.
Nettie Owens April 18, 2012 at 05:47 PM
I would definitely by a Havre de Grace license plate but I am in agreement that I might hesitate on one commemorating the War of 1812.
Blake McCloud April 18, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Nothing nice to say so I will leave it at that!
Roland April 23, 2012 at 04:34 PM
@Biller's Bikes & Marita O'Connell... I have to agree that one would think our city was founded in 1812 and the union jack and canon should go. Let's not forget that o'neil in a drunken state fired on the british causing them to burn our town down in retaliation. And what his daughter had to do with the british high command to get the drunk released......
Jessica July 19, 2012 at 04:10 AM
i will have to pass on this! too bad we couldn't just have a plate to celebrate our city, with maybe a lighthouse and yr we were founded . . .


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