Havre de Grace, Maryland
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lighthouse, built in 1827, has changed remarkably little during
its long existence. That's largely because builder John Donohoo,
who bungled his first lighthouse job at Thomas Point two years
earlier, took no chances. Another reason he set high standards
for himself this time around: He served several terms as Havre
de Grace Town Commissioner between 1819 and 1839.
thick at the base, the walls of the lighthouse were built with
Port Deposit granite. Although the lamps in the lighthouse were
upgraded several times over the years, the tower itself has required
virtually no major repairs.
when the light was automated, a member of the O'Neill family always
held the lighthouse keeper job. The original keeper, John O'Neill,
was awarded the job in recognition of his bravery during the War
of 1812. When the rest of the local militia fled at the approach
of British ships under the command of Admiral George Cockburn,
O'Neill singlehandedly held off the enemy until he was captured.
He was saved from hanging by his 15-year-old daughter Matilda,
who rowed out to Cockburn's ship to passionately defend her father.
In addition to releasing the prisoner, Cockburn gave Matilda his
gold-mounted, tortoiseshell snuff box.
To visit Concord
Point Lighthouse, the oldest on Chesapeake Bay, take State 155
off I-95 into Havre de Grace. Concord Point is near the Susquehanna
River in the southeast part of town. Open to the public, the lighthouse
is maintained by the Friends of Concord Point Lighthouse.
© 1999 Terry White, Drawing © 1999 Bill Harrah