Where would you take out-of-town guests to showcase the treasures of Harford County? Many of us regularly go on vacations to ‘get away’, overlooking the unique parks, museums and special events here in our own backyard – features sure to impress tourists looking to discover Harford County.
For nature lovers, enjoy canoeing, kayaking, hiking and interaction with animals and nature at The Anita Leight Estuary Center in Abingdon, or visit Eden Mill Nature Center, on the site of an historic grist mill, for miles of trails, canoeing and nature programs. The 8-mile long Ma & Pa Heritage Trail, along the former Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad corridor, recalls the agricultural heritage of the county, when local farmers transported milk and produce to Baltimore; today the scenic Trail carries hikers, bikers and pet lovers.
Jerusalem Mill, in Kingsville, and the Steppingstone Museum, in Havre de Grace, also combine a taste of our historic past in pristine natural settings, hosting re-enactment events and demonstrations throughout the year. Tudor Hall, home of the historic Booth family, is open for tours and lectures on the first and third Sundays each month. The Hays House is also open on Sunday afternoons for a peek into the life of Bel Air’s gentry in the 18th Century, as are the grounds and gallery at the Liriodendron Mansion. Our more ‘recent’ past is on display at the Ladew Mansion, whose Topiary Gardens attract visitors from around the world. Why not join them, right in your home town?
Further insights into our county’s past are in other museums throughout the county: The Aberdeen Room, Havre de Grace Decoy and Maritime Museums, Concord Point Lighthouse, Susquehanna Museum at the Lockhouse and the recently restored Hosanna School, showcasing the history of ‘colored schools’. Exhibits, films, lectures and events are detailed on their websites and in our Calendar of Events, both in this print and in more detail on our online edition.
Our rich agricultural heritage is celebrated not only through the many local farm stands and farmers’ markets, but most importantly through the annual Harford County Farm Fair, held this year July 22-27 to encourage and applaud youth involvement in 4-H, FFA and the Ag Magnet Program in our schools. The Fair truly has something for everyone: animal shows, indoor exhibits, commercial and community vendors, and numerous competitions for participation by local residents. In addition to Kidway, with games and activities for our youngest farm fans, the week-long Fair includes a carnival, live entertainment every evening, livestock auction, tractor pull and talent contest. It’s a traditional County Fair that any ‘tourist’ would be thrilled to attend. 410.838.8663 www.farmfair.org.
Harford County is rich in history, nature and downright fun festivals. Get out there and see what you’ve been missing: become a tourist in your home town!