Whilst driving from Baltimore to Philadelphia, it was time for a break from the road and there before us was a sign for
HAVRE de GRACE, MARYLAND
Well the rusty old jaw of the Tin Man still has difficulty pronouncing this one correctly
(after all the Emerald City is located in Texas!!)
But off we did go………..
Havre de Grace is a city in Harford County, Maryland It is situated at the mouth of the Susquehanna River and the head of Chesapeake Bay.
On May 3, 1813, during the War of 1812, Havre de Grace was attacked by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The American Lieutenant John O’Neill single-handedly manned a cannon to help defend the town. He was wounded, captured by the British, and soon released. In gratitude, Havre de Grace made O’Neill and his descendants the hereditary keepers of the Concord Point lighthouse marking the mouth of the Susquehanna River.
The Town is named after the port city of Le Havre, France, which in full was once ”Le Havre de Grâce”, “Haven of Grace”.
In 1789, Havre de Grace was in serious consideration to be the permanent capital of the United States.
Havre de Grace was a candidate for the honor of being named capital of the United States, when the U.S. House of Representatives voted on the new permanent U.S. capital,
the vote was tied between Washington, D.C. and Havre de Grace—with the tie-breaking vote cast by the House Speaker, in favor of Washington, D.C.
WOW………..and all we really wanted to do was stretch our legs and find a public restroom!!!
We found a marvelous place to rest and decided to have a bite to eat, since the view was so magnificent.
We got a great table that looked out over the water and a wonderful railroad bridge.
Two railroad main lines pass through Havre de Grace. More than 8 daily passenger trains on Amtrak’s busy Northeast Corridor speed through Havre de Grace at 90 mph on an elevated line.
The double track bridge was built by the Pennsylvania Railroad between 1904 & 1906
for its New York City & Washington, D.C. line.
Well, I don’t know about you, but every time I am in Maryland I MUST have all the crab I can possibly consume!
So I began with a marvelous Cream of Crab Soup
Followed by the server’s recommendation of Susquehanna Hash…………and since we were sitting at the mouth of the Susquehanna River, it seemed appropriate.
It was a marvelous Hash made with Maryland Crab ( lots of it!) and Tasso Ham, topped with an Egg..one of the best dishes I have ever eaten!
We enjoyed our meals and watched the trains as they sped along the tracks over the Susquehanna River and imagined the Capital Building sitting here, but for one vote!
Then it was off to explore more of the town and have a coffee at Java by the Bay
For joy! The fragrances of the coffee beans was so wonderful in the Shoppe…….
……and the coffee so pleasing, as it was quite windy and cold outside.
Well, hope you enjoyed our little visit to Havre de Grace, now it’s time to get back in the car and continue our journey……