Havre de Grace is the perfect location to create and sell your art. Located at the junction of the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay, our setting has been an inspiration to artists for centuries. Decoy carvers replicate nature, water colorists capture the evening skies over the water and writers find inspiration in the views.
In the Spring of 2007, a group from the arts community led the effort to secure the official Arts & Entertainment (A & E) Designation by the State of Maryland. Because of our strong art community, Governor Martin O’Malley and the State of Maryland awarded Havre de Grace an A & E Designation on July 1, 2008. Havre de Grace Main Street, Inc., a 501 (c ) (3) non profit corporation, oversees the A & E District and administers and promotes the A & E Programs. The tax incentives and credits offered in an A & E District will be another incentive for artists looking to relocate to a supportive art community with many other attractions.
The City of Havre de Grace is conveniently located off I-95 and Rt. 40, just 30 minutes from Baltimore and Wilmington as well as other metropolitan markets. Our calendar is full of major events throughout the year bringing in many visitors to discover and enjoy our Downtown District. Attractions include our very popular and unique downtown restaurants, many quaint bed and breakfasts, museums, recreational opportunities such as biking, kayaking, fishing, boating as well as our many parks and trails.
In addition we are an historic district. The town of Havre de Grace (Harbor of Mercy) was named by the Marque de Lafayette in 1782 and the town was incorporated in 1785. While the British attacked and burned most of the buildings during the War of 1812, there are still many historic homes and churches left to appreciate. The street names also have a connection to our past as they are related to the Revolutionary War.