The history of Havre de Grace touches on some noteworthy American personalities and events dating back to the 17th century. In the 1600s, John Smith first encountered the Iroquois tribe in the region. Two hundred years later, the city was attacked by British soldiers during the War of 1812. In the 1900s, a famous horse racing facility called the Graw, brought national recognition to the city. The event which most drastically affected Havre de Graceís future, however, happened in 1789. That year, the nationís House of Representatives voted on the permanent location for the U.S. capitol and Havre de Grace was one of the proposed locations. Initial voting resulted in a tie between Havre de Grace and Washington, D.C., which was broken when the Speaker cast his vote for D.C.
Most of the sites to see in and around Havre de Grace relate to this long and interesting history. The Susquehanna Lockhouse Museum revisits the days when Havre de Grace was the southern endpoint of a canal system connecting Chesapeake Bay to Wrightsville, Pennsylvania. This system was heavily used by early settlers transporting necessary food and construction materials. Havre de Grace subsequently became a hub of commerce and activity. Some of the spirit of that exciting era is preserved through the artifacts and photos on display the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum. The city is also home to Marylandís oldest continuously operated lighthouse, Concord Point. The structure was built in 1827 at the site where the British invaded the city in 1813.
For outdoor recreation, Havre de Grace has charming public parks and a top-ranked golf course. Bulle Rock Golf Course was designed by Pete Dye and was named one of 16 five-star courses by Golf Digest in 2004. Parks include several waterfront and water access facilities: David Craig Park, Hutchins Park, Jean Roberts Park, North Park and Tydings Park.
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