Easter in Havre de Grace with a climb to the top of the Concord Point Lighthouse



Happy Easter from Bel Air News & Views! The BANV family had brunch in Havre de Grace this morning and spent some time visiting this bunny in Rochambeau Plaza, named for the French General who passed through here in 1781 en route to Yorktown, long before the inflatable rabbit arrived.

Then we went for a walk on the Havre de Grace Promenade along the Susquehanna River and ended up at the Concord Point Lighthouse, which is now open for tours 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through October. We made the climb up to the 30-foot tower and it was well worth it — though you do have to be prepared. It’s a winding climb up a stone staircase and you must scale the highest bit on metal rung ladder. Just don’t look down and you’ll be fine. Space is tight up top and allows room for only two adults and two children to squeeze in around the 5th order Fresnels lens, with a beehive design that throws a concentrated beam of light. The lighthouse provides lovely views of the river and Havre de Grace, which likely made lighthouse operator John O’Neill’s frequent visits to keep the light burning, long before the 5th order Fresnels lens was invented, more enjoyable. O’Neill’s home across the street is also open for tours and it offers an exhibit where kids can try their hand at loading the rope wick O’Neill had to frequently adjust back when the lighthouse was built in 1827. For more information about the Concord Point Lighthouse, visit www.concordpointlighthouse.org.