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The suburban town of Aberdeen is home to two American icons: the Cal Ripken family of baseball fame (the local stadium carries their name), and the US Army Ordnance Museum, an extraordinary collection of decommissioned weapons from all over the world. You’ll find artifacts from the American Revolution, the Civil War (the original Gatling Gun) through WWII (General Pershing's Locomobile, and the German Railroad Gun) and beyond. The museum is fronted by a grassy “park” that’s a display area for dozens of tanks from all eras. Part of the Aberdeen Proving Ground, the U.S. Army Ordnance Museum requires a driver’s license with photo id for ...

The suburban town of Aberdeen is home to two American icons: the Cal Ripken family of baseball fame (the local stadium carries their name), and the US Army Ordnance Museum, an extraordinary collection of decommissioned weapons from all over the world. You’ll find artifacts from the American Revolution, the Civil War (the original Gatling Gun) through WWII (General Pershing's Locomobile, and the German Railroad Gun) and beyond. The museum is fronted by a grassy “park” that’s a display area for dozens of tanks from all eras. Part of the Aberdeen Proving Ground, the U.S. Army Ordnance Museum requires a driver’s license with photo id for admission. The town fronts the Chesapeake Bay, so sailing and fishing are givens. A few miles north at the top of the bay, the charming Victorian town of Havre de Grace continues to lure visitors with quality museums and collections, upscale accommodations and restaurants — a perfect venue for a romantic weekend. Built in 1827, Concord Point Light House is Havre de Grace’s best known landmark and the oldest continuously operated lighthouse in Maryland. It affords a spectacular view of Chesapeake Bay. Across the street is the newly restored Keeper's House. For those who prefer their entertainment on the rustic side, the Susquehanna River flows into the bay between Aberdeen and Havre de Grace, and is the seat of two wild, tree-shaded state parks, Susquehanna and Rocks; both offer campsites May-September. A privately owned and operated museum within Susquehanna State Park, Steppingstone, features rural farm exhibits from 1880-1920. Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House is in a quiet park east of town. The Lock Tender's house (c.1840), Outlet Lock, and Pivot Bridge tell the story of the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal, once a busy shipping lane.

Joanne Miller
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Joanne Miller is the author of several Moon guidebooks, including Pennsylvania Handbook, Chesapeake Bay Handbook, and Maryland/Delaware Handbook.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: A city in Harford County, located in south-eastern Maryland; approximately 40 miles northeast of Baltimore
  • Research: Wikipedia
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Late spring to early autumn brings the best weather to this pretty area.