The Keepers House by Concord Point Lighthouse was abuzz with re-enactors on horseback during the War of 1812 bicentennial; May 4, 2013. (Photo Credit: Elizabeth Janney)
Repeating history can be profitable.
After tall ships, re-enactors and musketfire came to a head in Havre de Grace for May’s War of 1812 Bicentennial Weekend, the city released data from the event, which it said set records.
“By all accounts, 26,000 people attended activities during the War of 1812 Bicentennial weekend,” Brigitte Peters, manager of Tourism and Marketing for the City of Havre de Grace, said in an email to Patch on Aug. 20.More than 150 volunteers participated in the three-day affair, May 3 to 5, more than had volunteered for any other event ever held in Havre de Grace, Peters told Patch. Volunteers’ service was valued at more than $30,000, she noted.
“Also setting records were the tall ships,” Peters added.
During the War of 1812 weekend, the Sultana, normally based on the Eastern Shore, welcomed more than 2,500 guests aboard in Havre de Grace for an open house, its busiest on record, Peters said.
Businesses reaped the benefits of the festivities too. Along the Route 40 corridor, businesses saw a 15 percent uptick and “restaurants canvassed reported record sales,” Peters said.
In all, the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration brought more than $1 million to the county, ExploreHarford.com reported, after Peters presented her findings at the Aug. 19 meeting of the City Council.
Last year, the Baltimore War of 1812 bicentennial celebration generated $166 million for the greater Baltimore area during a weeklong “Sailabration.”