Saturday, May 4, 2013
Costumed actors portrayed the British attack on Havre de Grace through downtown.
One day and 200 years after British troops arrived at Concord Point Lighthouse and burned much of the city, Havre de Grace relived the experience. As part of the city's War of 1812 bicentennial commemoration, reenactors sailed into Concord Point on The Sultana, which had been docked at the Tidewater Marina. On land, reenactors responded with gunfire and cannons on behalf of the citizens of Havre de Grace. Once the British came ashore after 10 a.m., the two sides exchanged gunfire intermittently between Concord Point Lighthouse, Market Street and Saint John St. The conclusion came at the Lock House around 3 p.m. Saturday. Did you watch the skirmishes in Havre de Grace? Tell us in the comments!
Havre de Grace officials encourage using the shuttle service due to street closures.
As reenactors and their battles overtake downtown Havre de Grace, police have shut down many roads and are conducting rolling street closures for others. To make the War of 1812 bicentennial and Havre de Grace Decoy Festival accessible for travelers, the city of Havre de Grace is offering a free shuttle service from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. The shuttle will be available at the Havre de Grace Armory at 301 Old Bay Lane and will run every ten minutes. There will be multiple stops. In addition, the tourism office encourages those coming from outside the city to use the following routes to get to the shuttle for parking:
Friday, May 3, 2013
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Share your photos from the Havre de Grace War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration by posting on Instagram using the hashtag #HdG1812 all weekend!
From the tall ships and First Friday to Saturday's reenactments and fireworks to Sunday's culmination, the War of 1812 bicentennial commemoration is bound to offer plenty of images worth capturing. So we want to share all those images you are capturing around Havre de Grace this weekend with our readers and all the visitors the city is anticipating. Here's how you can join in: We'll also be using #HdG1812 on Twitter to keep folks up-to-date on all of the street closures, parking restrictions and activities as the weekend goes along. On Twitter? Follow us at @HavreGracePatch —note, no "de"—and use the #HdG1812 hashtag in your posts to let us know what you're experiencing on this historic weekend! Read more about the War of 1812 bicentennial…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The Harford County Liquor Control Board unanimously approved requests from Rodger's House Tavern and MacGregor's.
First Fridays are starting up in Havre de Grace on May 3 and two businesses were given authorization Wednesday to sell alcohol outside. Rodger's House Tavern and MacGregor's will each have areas outside their establishments where they can sell beer on the first Friday of each month starting in May, after the Harford County Liquor Control Board unanimously approved their applications for outside event permits during its April 24 meeting. Held from May through October, the First Friday events are coordinated by the Havre de Grace Main Street organization and encourage people to gather in the city's downtown area on the first Friday of the month. To obtain approval for outdoor events, the liquor control board requires diagrams of each venue …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Museums, restaurants, a church and the lighthouse are among the participants in the bicentennial commemoration in Havre de Grace.
The latest schedule of events for the War of 1812 bicentennial commemoriation in Havre de Grace has arrived. An abbreviated list of activities was released last month. Now a more detailed rundown of the events is available, including a drum and fife corps and the Redcoat Run. See the schedule, and tell us what you're most excited about! Read more about the War of 1812 bicentennial commemoration here.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Havre de Grace will commemorate the War of 1812 attacks on the city in a bicentennial event from May 3-5.
The British will attack Havre de Grace on May 3, exactly 200 years after they did so in the War of 1812. Only this time, Havre de Grace is prepared—and the outcome is bound to be one memorable party. The city will remember the events of May 1813 with a three-day event, spanning the weekend of May 3-5, featuring First Friday, reenactments, a dinner and ball, orchestral performances, a gubenatorial visit, a 5K and a fireworks show. Read more on the War of 1812 bicentennial here. "It really is going to be quite a commemorative weekend, where we all can be very proud of our past, where we're at today and where we're going," said Havre de Grace City employee and War of 1812 Committee member Patrick Sypolt. Sypolt delivered a general run-down of…
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The flag is in commemoration of the War of 1812.
The American flag may appear a bit unusual around Havre de Grace. "If you haven't seen it yet, I'm sure you'll notice it looks peculiar at first," Councilman Bill Martin said at this week's City Council meeting, "until you realize there's not a whole lot of stars on there." The 15-star, 15-stripe design was created in 1795. In Maryland, it has become known as the "War of 1812" flag since it was the nation's flag during the conflict with England. Havre de Grace was attacked by England on May 3, 1813, and the city is hosting a commemorative event May 3 to 5. Martin, who is a member of the Havre de Grace War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, proposed a resolution to have the city fly the flags in its municipal locations in conjunction with its…
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Havre de Grace is included in the trail, which ties together War of 1812-related communities.
The National Park service this week kicked off the Star-Spangled Banner Trail, which loops together a number of communities impacted by the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake Bay region. Monday's announcement more or less declared the trail as ready for visitors. Havre de Grace Manager of Marketing & Tourism Brigitte Peters attended the kick-off event to accept recognition on behalf of the city. "The partnership between the National Park Sevice and the City of Havre de Grace has been strong for many years. This just bridges the opportunity for more visitors between the water trail and the War of 1812 Trail," Peters said. "It bridges our counties—Harford and Cecil—together, too, to really tell that story." Read more about the War of 1812 …
Saturday, July 21, 2012
A kiosk dedicated to the War of 1812 is located at the Visitor's Center in Havre de Grace.
Have you seen the kiosk in downtown Havre de Grace dedicated to the War of 1812 bicentennial? Stop by the Visitor's Center and check it out. See the photos in the slideshow here for a sneak preview. Read more Patch coverage of the War of 1812 bicentennial. The kiosk features facts regarding the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. Have photos pertinent to the city's commemoration of the War of 1812's bicentennial? Post them in our community gallery. Are you a history buff? Want to write about Havre de Grace history? Start a blog today!