The Havre de Grace Maritime Museum's mission is to collect, document, preserve and interpret the maritime skills and heritage of the Lower Susquehanna River and Upper Chesapeake Bay.
On December 28, 1987, the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum was officially incorporated and sanctioned by the state of Maryland in Harford County. The founding members include Charles E. Carter, John F. Carroll, Eldon duPont Homsey, Robert L. McVey, Andrew A. Thompson, and Josiah V. Thompson.
In 1988, a historically-minded group of local citizens founded the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum as a private, nonprofit, educational institution. They recognized that the rich cultural and natural heritage of the Lower Susquehanna River and the Upper Chesapeake Bay was fast disappearing. The Maritime Museum was established to help protect these maritime traditions for future generations.
The Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, situated where the Susquehanna River meets the Chesapeake Bay, tells the story of this region’s rich maritime heritage. Teaming with numerous species of flora and fauna and having highly navigable waters, made this unique environmental setting the perfect backdrop for generations of inhabitants- from the earliest Native Americans over 10,000 years ago, to the first European colonists in the 1600’s, to today’s thriving community of the 21st century.
Founded by a historically-minded group of local citizens, the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum was incorporated in 1988 as a private, not-for-profit, educational institution dedicated to the collection, documentation, preservation, and interpretation of the maritime skills and heritage of the Lower Susquehanna River and Upper Chesapeake Bay.
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