Sleepy gem of a historic waterfront town, Havre de Grace, Maryland suddenly the focus of a praised, quirky new musical
Imagine my surprise when listening to the morning programming on my local radio news station, I heard significant exuberance for a new play running on Broadway: “Red Eye to Havre de Grace.” The fanfare resulted from new theater critic reviews by the likes of Charles Isherwood of the New York Times (who originally reviewed the play’s Philadelphia debut in 2012 to equal enthusiasm), Joe Dziemianowicz of New York’s Daily News, and others.
The musical (huh?!) apparently chronicles Poe’s final days as he winds up on the wrong train headed southbound towards Baltimore. Havre de Grace is the first stop past the Susquehanna River. Is what surprised me the fact that they made a musical out of the final days of Edgar Allen Poe’s life? No. Was it the quirky nature by which this play apparently recounts this tale? No. Or even the fact that it’s now a play on Broadway?? No!
What surprised me is that there, in lights for all the see and read, is the name of the town in which my business called home for nine years: Havre de Grace!!
[To aid all those unfamiliar with Havre de Grace, its pronunciation is “Hav-a de Grace” even though true Francophiles will know that this isn’t how it ought to be.]
Even more exciting is that perhaps this musical’s showing and hopeful popularity will spark interest in our sleepy little gem of a quirky waterfront town. Quaintly situated at the mouth of the Susquehanna River and the tip of part of the Chesapeake Bay, Havre de Grace has a long and glorified history in our nation:
- The French general Lafayette visited the town several times during the Revolutionary War, and is credited with inspiring its name;
- Havre de Grace was briefly considered as a site for the nation’s capital;
- It’s been burned to the ground — twice — in battles defending our nation;
- It was the last stop on the Underground Railroad before escaping slaves crossed over the Mason-Dixon line into the North;
- It was the birthplace of the Maryland U.S. Senator, Millard Tydings, after whom the height-defying, oftentimes fear-inducing span bridge crossing the Susquehanna on Interstate 95 was named
Which brings me to the reason why I’ve written this seemingly aberrant post on my blog: I have a building for sale in Havre de Grace that not only can offer some lucky person a real slice of this newly-famed place, but it my building — a Victorian dating back to the mid-1860s — was the apparent former home of said illustrious U.S. Senator Millard Tydings! All the more reason for you to sit up and pay attention. 😉
At all interested? You’ll find details of the listing here. Located on the town’s main thoroughfare and situated only two blocks from the water and nearby restaurants and retail, the property is zoned office-residential. In acquiring it for business use, we made substantial upgrades like fully-wired high-speed Internet and phone systems, lighting, central two-zone HVAC, and more. The property has been in the past and can be in the future sub-divided for multiple tenants (there are four separate gas and electric meters). As a single occupant dwelling, it’s perfect for either a large family or professional services business or nonprofit. Inquiries should be made directly to the listing agent, Suzanne Hinder.
C’mon, get a little piece of history for yourself!