Parade, Downtown Block Party, Concert and Fireworks!
It’s a wonderful time to be in our beautiful city of Havre de Grace. Celebrating with our parade and fireworks has been a long-time tradition. There are changes this year. But we look forward to the event.
CLICK HERE for details of our Independence Celebration on Sunday, July 2nd.
And just in time, we have this deLIGHTful collectible. It’s actually a ‘bank’ – shaped like a plastic rocket (fireworks). It celebrates the Moon Shot of years ago. It’s nearly 3 feet tall. Imagine how many pennies it might hold!!!
Don’t forget to stop in to Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum while you’re visiting us for the long holiday weekend and our Independence Celebration.
Havre de Grace UMC has a long history!
I believe that the church first operated from the preacher’s home. This is the first building where the congregation met. We’re double checking. But I believe the Susquehanna Hose Company firehouse at the corner of Union and Pennington Avenue is where the building stood.
Supposedly, part of the wall was incorporated in the firehouse structure. We’re trying to find out if you can see it.
What a wonderful history. And this booklet tells a very complete story.
You are encouraged to learn more on their website. Better yet, please visit! It’s a beautiful building located at 101 South Union Avenue since 1902!
photo from their website
In two weeks, our nation will celebrate our Independence!
It came with great effort from the vision of our forefathers and the lives lost in battle. Let us remember to take a moment to honor and truly appreciate the unique legacy they left for us.
Let us respect one another, practice civility, honor diversity, and be active citizens in our communities.
We wanted to share this unique collection of 7-UP cans. Can you make out what they show:
There are 50 cans, one for each state, and they make an image of Uncle Sam. Can you see it? The 3rd row down, if you can see the ‘eye’, then draw back a little, you’ll see Uncle Sam. They’re not aligned perfectly, but you’ll see it. Below are two examples of the information for each state.
Of course, here in Havre de Grace, our big celebration will take place on Sunday, July 2nd.
For Details – CLICK HERE Our theme this year is “Hometown Heroes”… join us on the front lawn of Bahoukas for the parade, hang out for the Downtown Block Party, the free concert (free tickets required and available beginning July 23rd) and the fireworks!
It’s Never Dull at Bahoukas Antique Mall!
With Father’s Day weekend upon, we want to remind you that we have 9,000 sq. ft. of antiques and collectibles. We KNOW there’s a perfect gift for “dad” here!
From fishing lures to baseball memorabilia, Military items to coin collections, tools to toys!
Yes, dads have lots of memories of toys they played with as kids. Maybe a youngster wants to buy an old toy and have Dad play and share those stories – creating new memories!
We want to remind you that July 15th is the next night that the Dead of Night Paranormal Investigators will be here. We’ve had a new entity introduce himself. Reserve your spot and maybe this new spirit will share more about himself on July 15th!
Have a wonderful Father’s Day Celebration!
Unique Coins at Bahoukas
We posted earlier this week with suggestions for collectible coins to add to your Father’s Day Gift. Along with US Mint Proof or Uncirculated Coin Sets, Bahoukas has a number of individual coins that may just be the perfect gift for Dad. I believe in this photo there is a 1964 Kennedy Half Dollar (?) and an 1869 5-cent piece. (Apologies for the blur… it was one of those days!)
Below is a small selection of available collectible coins. We have the following:
Mercury Head silver dimes: 1919-1942
Indian Head pennies: 1860s
Silver Quarters: 1940s – 1950s
Morgan Silver Dollars: 1878-1879
1800s large cent
Silver Certificates $1 – $10
Stop in and visit today. Find the perfect coin for Dad’s collection…. or browse our 9,000 sq. ft. of retail space stuffed to the rafters. We know there’s a perfect gift idea for Dad! Hurry in – you’re just days away from celebrating Dad!
Kidwiler and Havre de Grace Public Library
In Stanley M. Barrett and Elias W. Kidwiler’s book, History of Havre de Grace – “The Town We Live In”, we learn of Palmer’s Island, later known as Watson’s Island, and now know as Garrett’s Island. … Then we read of Harmers Town, sold to Stockett, “after 1700 it was known officially as “The Susquehanna Lower Ferry.” In 1714 it again changed hands (ownership) to John Stokes. According to Kidwiler’s writings, In 1785 the Susquehanna Lower Ferry was incorporated as a town with a commission form of government and was officially given its present name (Havre de Grace).
Havre de Grace, from the date of its incorporation as a town, continued to grow steadily in population and wealth. Fishing was the source of income for many of its citizens. The inns and hotels required the services of a considerable number of people. During the long, hard winters when the river froze to a depth of eighteen inches or more, many men were engaged in cutting, storing and shipping ice. There were services necessary for the farmers who made Havre de Grace their shopping center – blacksmith shops, wagon factories and repair shops, feed stores, general stores and hardware stores. Canneries were built in the city and provided an outlet for more corn and tomatoes than the farmers had been formerly disposing of, and took a considerable portion of the local fishermen’s catch. The coming of the railroad meant employment for both skilled and unskilled labor.
Again – apologies for the blur… We have duplicates of some of the historic items in the store; many we do not. Stop in and see these for yourself. Interesting perspectives of our community over the years.
The ‘foreword’ inside the Historic Havre de Grace booklet, published by the Havre de Grace Public Library in 1926 reads as follows:
This brief history of the city of Havre de Grace has been compiled by the ladies of the Library Committee, and is offered to the public on the occasion of the second anniversary of the opening of the Havre de Grace Public Library. For assistance in this work we acknowledge indebtedness to the Records of the Maryland Historical Society, Walter W. Preston’s “History of Harford County,” L. B. Browne’s “Historical Sketch of St. John’s Church” and many friends who have come forward with newspaper clippings of bygone days. We feel we have merely scratched the surface of a fascinating theme and hope our efforts may inspire some abler historian to do full justice to this subject.
The conclusion in the Public Library’s 1926 publication is a wonderful tribute to a city’s growth. It follows:
We have endeavored to picture for you the growth and development of our city from its early beginning. First, a family or two, then, a cluster of houses sheltering an intrepid band which decided to seek no further. A few survived the early hardships, and the call of kindred inspired others to come. What makes a city grow? Is it not the spirit of its people, their desire to make their surroundings safe and attractive and the measure of their neighborly kindness which influences others to join with them for mutual welfare? A man is not attracted to a town where his best efforts will bring him no reward and his friendly advances are repulsed. The spirit of enterprise and brotherly helpfulness is the great wellspring of a city’s progress, and this spirit in an increased measure is our desire for Havre de Grace.
There is much wisdom for us in the 21st century from the perspective presented in these books and pamplets of yesteryear!
This weekend’s beautiful weather made me think of a great gift for the fisherman-dad!
Most of these are HEDDON FISHING LURES – wooden
Heddon Fishing Lures have a wonderful history dating back to the late 1890s. CLICK THIS LINK for the company history.
Heddon is a brand of artificial fishing lures created by James Heddon, (originally a beekeeper) who is credited with the invention of the first artificial fishing lures made of wood in the late 1890s ____from Wikipedia
(Apologies for the blur)
NOTE: the cannonball in the lower corner is not-for-sale, but George is researching it to see which war and which military might have used it. He’ll let you know when he finds out!
Is your dad a coin collector? Bahoukas can help with your gift giving!
US Mint Proof Sets – this one is for 2012. Check in with George for other dates.
These are a few of the US Mint Uncirculated Coin Sets available at Bahoukas Antique Mall.
And here are a few more examples of sets available. Stay tuned, we’ll have another post on Collectible COINS available at Bahoukas!
Booklet from the 1950s Jr-Sr High School
As the school year comes to a close, we wanted to share this interesting booklet from the 1950s. It’s a handbook for Havre de Grace Jr.-Sr. High School. It explains “If you wish to be well-liked… “, information regarding the Parent-Teacher Association (membership of 600!), and the rules regarding behavior, tardiness, etc. along with the results of breaking these rules.
Do you remember these rules? Were they enforced?
Stop in and take a peek. George has it at the counter! He’d love to hear your stories!
Saturday – June 3, 2017
Join us for another intriguing evening with the Dead of Night Paranormal Investigators as they use all their high tech to interact with the entities that move about our shop.
At Bahoukas we’ve had friendly spirits that have been noticed by many visitors, long before the investigators came in. Since the folks from Dead of Night have visited many of the stories have been confirmed. You’ll also learn a bit of Havre de Grace history during the evening.
This Saturday there are still a few spots left to join us. Call George ASAP and have a great evening in Havre de Grace. The entire weekend offers First Friday event from 5-10pm (June 2), shopping, eateries, and all the museums open over the weekend, and our exciting Dead of Night Paranormal Investigating at Bahoukas on Saturday evening, June 3 from 9-midnight!
So far it’s been a friendly exchange. Come check it out for yourself. Call George and reserve your spot!
Concord Point Lighthouse – Havre de Grace History
As the nation celebrated her bicentennial 1776-1976, the above plate highlights historical architecture of Havre de Grace including: Concord Point Lighthouse, the old hospital, city park (Tydings Park),
Decoy Carvers, Bayou Hotel (now condominiums), Burns Carriage Shop, the American Legion Post 47, the Draw Bridge (Amtrak), old railroad station, the railroad cut (would have been St. Clair – now Pennington Ave), and the Old Bank Building (now the beautiful La Banque de Fleuve event venue at 321 St. John St)
Apologies for the blurry photo above…
The above plate highlights our Concord Point Lighthouse, The Lafayette Statue, Rodgers House, the bell at our First High School, The Lockhouse (Susquehanna Museum), and St. John’s Church (presently being restored).
This popular plate showcases the Lighthouses of the Chesapeake, Maryland.
Visit BAHOUKAS Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum Soon! There’s always something interesting!