On December 28, 1987, the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum was officially incorporated and sanctioned by the state of Maryland in Harford County. The founding members include Charles E. Carter, John F. Carroll, Eldon duPont Homsey, Robert L. McVey, Andrew A. Thompson and Josiah V. Thompson.
In 1988, a historically-minded group of local citizens founded the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum as a private, nonprofit, educational institution. They recognized that the rich cultural and natural heritage of the Lower Susquehanna River and the Upper Chesapeake Bay was fast disappearing. The Havre de Grace Maritime Museum was established to help protect these maritime traditions for future generations. The Havre de Grace Maritime Museum is located in Harford County Maryland, but we are within close proximity to Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington DC, New York and New Jersey.