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Kicking off with the Annual Tree Lighting ceremony on the first, the entire month of December is filled with old-fashioned fun! New this year is our Poplar Hall European Christmas Market so be sure to add it to your list of must do seasonal activities! Santa’s Workshop promises a fabulous time for the kiddos. From the train platform and craft bench to the Elf-YourSelfie Station, the little ones will be entertained and enthralled visiting with Santa and his Elves! Our Candlelight House Tour is celebrating it’s 20th year and is our most beloved Christmas event. This self-guided tour includes numerous historic homes, churches, and inns, and evokes feelings of Christmases past. All of Chesapeake City gets dressed up for the holidays so bring the family and come see what Winterfest is all about! Check the Calendar of Events for date specific details.
C&D Canal Museum, Chesapeake City
Depicts the history and operation of the 165-year-old canal which joins the Chesapeake and Delaware bays. Call 410-885-5621. Mon-Fri (year round): 8am-4pm; Sat-Sun (Apr-Oct ONLY): 11am-4pm.
Beautiful Cecil County. Resting along the upper banks of the Chesapeake Bay, halfway between Philadelphia and Baltimore, offers travelers a change of pace and breathtaking scenery.
Chesapeake City Historical District
Guided tours are available of this restored 19th-century town. Call 410-885-2415 for information.
Horse Country Tour
Take a guided tour of historic Chesapeake City, magnificent thoroughbred horse farms, the C&D Canal Museum, and historic area churches. For reservations and half day or full day tour itineraries call Uniglobe Hill Travel in Chesapeake City at 410-885-2797 or 1-800-466-1402.
St. Francis Xavier Shrine, Warwick
One of the earliest Catholic foundations in America. Seven masses are held annually, plus special events and tours by appointment. Call 410-275-2866. Masses are held four times a year and tours can be scheduled by appointment. The church is available for Catholic weddings. Maintained by the Old Bohemia Historical Society (Marji Matyniak, President; 302.328.4803)
Mt. Harmon Plantation, Earleville
Restored tobacco plantation dating from 1651 offers guided tours of the house and self-guided tours of the nature trails. Open Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. Call 410-275-8819.
Historical Society Museum, Elkton
Exhibits range from a country store and colonial kitchen to a revolving gallery exhibit and research library. Open Monday noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the fourth Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 410-398-1790.
Elk Landing, Elkton
Located at 590 Landing Lane Elkton, this local landmark was a busy portal for north-south travelers in the late 1700s, including Washington, Jefferson, and Lafayette. In process of restoration, the site is open to the public for special events and pre-arranged tours. Call 410-620-6400 or visit www.elklanding.org.
John F. DeWitt Military Museum, Elkton
Military artifacts from the American Revolution through Desert Storm. Follows schedule of Historical Society. Call 410-398-1790.
Gilpins Falls Bridge, North East
A 119-foot long covered bridge recently restored to its original splendor, supported by long wooden arch Burr trusses. Call 410-996-5300.
Upper Bay Museum, North East
Collection of Bay area hunting, fishing, boating, artifacts. Open weekends Memorial Day – Labor Day, Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 410-287-2675.
Tory House, Charlestown
This restored colonial kitchen tavern is open for tours the third Sunday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. May through September. Call 410-287-8262.
Charlestown Historic District
Established 1742, this riverside town remains nearly untouched by modern developments. Visit historic houses and taverns. Call 410-287-8262.
Rodgers Tavern, Perryville
Restored 18th century tavern that was frequented by the nation’s forefathers, including George Washington. Tours by appointment. Call 410-642-6066.
Paw Paw Museum, Port Deposit
Showcases 19th and 20th century home life, industries, schools, and business. Open second and fourth Sundays of the month. Call 410-378-3086.
Port Deposit Historic District
This 19th-century town boasts many fine examples of Victorian and granite architecture. Call 410-378-3236.
Decoy Museum, Havre de Grace, MD
With collections by Madison Mitchell, Paul Gibson, Jim Currier, and others, the Decoy Museum houses one of the most complete collections of Upper Bay decoys on exhibit. Open daily 1 to 4 p.m. Call 410-939-3739 or www.decoymuseum.com.
Concord Point Lighthouse, Havre de Grace, MD
Fully restored, this is one of the oldest continuously operating lighthouses in the U.S. Open weekends 1 to 5 p.m. or by appointment. Call 410-939-1498.
Turkey Point Lighthouse, North East, MD
Created from the same Port Deposit Granite as the Concord Point Light, and situated in beautiful Elk Neck State Park. For more info on tours and restoration project, call 410-287-8170.
Fair Hill Natural Resources Area, Fair Hill, MD
Over 5,000 acres of natural beauty, including Foxcatcher Farm Covered Bridge over Big Elk Creek, offering fishing, biking, hiking and horseback riding trails, and picnic areas. Open dawn to dusk.
Fair Hill NRMA Office – 410-398-1246.