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The Susquehanna Museum of Havre de Grace really marks the beginning of the Chesapeake Bay. The Bay opens up on one side of the city, supported by the flow of the Susquehanna River from the north.
The museum's restored lock house stands at what was once the southern terminus of the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal. The 45 miles of canal ran all the way to Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, linking with other canals to open central Pennsylvania to convenient trade with Baltimore and Philadelphia. The Locktender's House was built in 1840 as the canal office and as a dwelling for the locktender and his family. In 1982, the restored house opened to the public with historical artifacts of the Havre de Grace area on display.