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Havre de Grace open Saturday for annual Candlelight Tour

The 42nd annual Havre de Grace Candlelight Tour, sponsored by the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House, is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 13.

The tour, on a Saturday after decades of being held late in the afternoon on a Sunday, is an annual fundraiser for the Susquehanna Museum. Executive Director Ciera Fisher said proceeds go to "everything from maintenance, the exhibit design to educational programming."


"It's also a great tradition for the town," she said. "People get out, they see their friends and their neighbors, and it also brings others in to enjoy our community atmosphere."

Fisher noted the first candlelight tour was held in 1973 to support the development of the Susquehanna Museum, which opened in 1982.


The theme for this year's tour will be "A Light in the Window" in honor of the restoration of the Lock House windows, according to the museum website.

Fisher said the restoration of the historic windows was completed in May. Those windows date to the 1840 construction of the two-story brick house that served as a residence for the tender of the Havre de Grace lock of the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal.

"They are still the original windows," Fisher said.

She said the windows were removed from the building, repainted and refurbished and then reinstalled.

"They've done wonders for our appearance," Fisher said.

Tickets are $15 per person, and buyers who purchase four tickets get a fifth one free. They can be purchased in advance online at, or at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, Bulle Rock Residents' Club, the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum and Preston's Stationery in Bel Air. They can also be purchased the day of the tour at the Lock House at 817 Conesteo St.

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The self-guided tour lasts from 4 to 8 p.m., and includes 16 stops at residences, St. James AME Church and Grace Reformed Episcopal Church, the Masonic Lodge on North Washington Street, American Legion Post 47 on St. John Street, the Bulle Rock Residents' Club and the Lock House.

The home of former Harford County Executive and Havre de Grace Mayor David Craig on Congress Avenue will be open for tours.


Craig, who spent Tuesday decorating, said the home where he and his wife, Melinda, have lived since 1990 was on the tour during the early 2000s.

"We enjoy it when the people are coming in," he said.

Craig said each of the 11 rooms in the house, which dates to 1840, will be decorated and open to visitors. Someone will be posted in each room to explain various items, such as an 1840s clock in the dining room.

He said many tour participants live in Havre de Grace, but there are also visitors from out of town.

"There are some people that come from all over," he said.