Model preserves original home of Susquehanna Hose Co.

The original home of the Susquehanna Hose Company will forever be preserved in a model, unveiled in grand style before the Havre de Grace City Council on Monday.

Designer Mitch Mitchell built the replica of the building at Franklin and Stokes streets, and he was on hand with his family to present the model to council members.

The building, which dates to the 1800s and was most recently the home of Mergler Electric, had fallen into disrepair. It was originally a livery stable that functioned as the first headquarters of the Susquehanna Hose Co., city officials said.

Havre de Grace council members Bill Martin and Randy Craig, along with Mayor Wayne Dougherty, had looked for a plan about a year ago to save the building, as the historic preservation commission considered it valuable to Havre de Grace.

They decided, however, that it was too dilapidated to re-build, and moving it would have cost too much.

Instead, officials turned to one of the modelers who worked on the project to build a scale model of Havre de Grace before it was attacked in the War of 1812 to create another, similar model of the building at Franklin and Stokes.

Mitchell showed off the intricate parts of the model, including the stable on the second floor, where the horses were kept, and people who maintained the hay and horses.

Dianne Klair, a planner for the city of Havre de Grace, commended the model, as did council members, Dougherty and Susquehanna Hose Company leaders like Charlie Packard.

"This was a hub of a lot of activity for Havre de Grace and it's greatly appreciated," Klair said of the stable. "It captured the essence of this building in this model and we're very grateful for all of your work and generosity."

Martin added that the building "meant a lot" to people in the last few generations.

The model cost roughly $400, Klair said, for which the city will be reimbursing Mitchell.

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