Havre de Grace Decoy Museum

Havre de Grace Decoy Museum Free Parking and Gift Shop!Modest Admission Fee.Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, New Year's Day, and Easter. For more information visit our website.
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The mission of the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum is to document, preserve, and interpret the history of waterfowl decoys as a unique form of folk art that has become a distinctive element in the cultural landscape of this region – the Susquehanna Flats and the Chesapeake Bay. The Museum seeks to engage and educate its visitors with exceptional exhibits that describe this rich heritage and the interplay among the region, its people, and the art of decoy making since the 19th century. The Museum strives to transfer this knowledge to our future generations. We also publish The Canvasback, a quarterly journal now in its 23rd year. Follow us on Instagram @havredegrace_decoymuseum and Twitter @decoymuseum

02/19/2020
Pitboss Waterfowl

Check out our Honorary Chair for this year’s Decoy Festival!!

#ScoterZillias or as John Prather calls them the "Black Swan"... some #DecoyCarving from October 2017

Patrick Vincenti was elected to the Harford County Council as the representative for District E in 2014. He serves as th...
02/07/2020

Patrick Vincenti was elected to the Harford County Council as the representative for District E in 2014. He serves as the Council Liaison on the Local Management Board, Department of Social Services Advisory Board, GREAT Neighbors Program at Halls Cross Roads Elementary, and the Harford County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee.

Pat Vincenti's Big Decoy was made for the ferry that travels from Lewes to Cape May. It was placed in the main room of t...
02/06/2020

Pat Vincenti's Big Decoy was made for the ferry that travels from Lewes to Cape May. It was placed in the main room of the boat, and replicas of the blackduck were sold on the ferry as souvenirs.

The Big Decoy that Pat and Jeannie Vincenti built was made out sugar pine wood. Over 900 board feet were used, and it to...
02/05/2020

The Big Decoy that Pat and Jeannie Vincenti built was made out sugar pine wood. Over 900 board feet were used, and it took three weeks to complete. By the time it was done, it weighed 650lbs!

After many discussions, the design team for the ferry chose Pat Vincenti's blackduck because of its popularity in Delawa...
02/04/2020

After many discussions, the design team for the ferry chose Pat Vincenti's blackduck because of its popularity in Delaware. The oversized decoy would be 6 1/2 feet. The Bay Authority also ordered 12 pairs of regular size decoys.

In September 1996, Pat and Jeannie Vincenti, were chosen by the Delaware Bay Authority to help decorate a new ferry that...
02/03/2020

In September 1996, Pat and Jeannie Vincenti, were chosen by the Delaware Bay Authority to help decorate a new ferry that would have a waterfowl theme. The idea was to have a large decoy mounted inside the ferry for people to take pictures with.

Pat Vincenti is active in the business and non-profit communities of Harford County. He is a member of the Aberdeen, Hav...
01/31/2020

Pat Vincenti is active in the business and non-profit communities of Harford County. He is a member of the Aberdeen, Havre de Grace and Harford County Chambers of Commerce, Society of Italian American Businessmen and Aberdeen Rotary Club. His service also extends to include 30 years of involvement with the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum Board of Directors and 25 years as a Board Member with the R. Madison Mitchell Trust.

Among all of Pat Vincenti's other credits, Mr. Vincenti was a featured carver in Southern Living Magazine's 1987 Book of...
01/29/2020

Among all of Pat Vincenti's other credits, Mr. Vincenti was a featured carver in Southern Living Magazine's 1987 Book of the Year "By Southern Hands" written by Jan Arnow. This book illustrates the handicraft traditions of the Southern United States and shows the people who have kept these crafts from disappearing.

Pat Vincenti's Black Ducks were chosen by the state of West Virginia for the 1990 Waterfowl Stamp, and depicted in a pai...
01/28/2020

Pat Vincenti's Black Ducks were chosen by the state of West Virginia for the 1990 Waterfowl Stamp, and depicted in a painting by noted Maryland artist Louis Frisino. In 1994, Connecticut selected Pat's Black Duck as a companion decoy to their "First of State" Waterfowl Stamp.

In 1987, Pat Vincenti was chosen by Maryland Ducks Unlimited to participate in their State package, where he made fifty ...
01/27/2020

In 1987, Pat Vincenti was chosen by Maryland Ducks Unlimited to participate in their State package, where he made fifty drake Widgeons. And, the following year in 1988, Pat and Jeannie exhibited their work and gave a lecture on the Art of Decoy Making before the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.

In the early '90s, Pat Vincenti headed the restoration of Madison Mitchell's shop, after Mitchell passed away. It was mo...
01/24/2020

In the early '90s, Pat Vincenti headed the restoration of Madison Mitchell's shop, after Mitchell passed away. It was moved from its original location, to the grounds of the decoy museum board-by-board. The project took many years, volunteers, and fundraising efforts to be completed. Pat even raffled off a sleeping wood duck, through Harford County Ducks Unlimited, that sold for $700 as a fundraiser for the project.

Want to meet our current featured carver, Pat Vincenti?  Visit him, and all of the other exhibitors, at the Vintage Hunt...
01/24/2020

Want to meet our current featured carver, Pat Vincenti? Visit him, and all of the other exhibitors, at the Vintage Hunting & Fishing Collectibles Show this Saturday at the Level Fire Hall, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

01/23/2020
Pat Vincenti - Churchville Maryland - Scoter Decoys - Circa 2010

Pat Vincenti is recognized in decoy carving as a master painter whose artful brushstrokes bring his decoys to life. Pat's attention to detail has won him respect and admiration from his peers.

#DecoyCarving #SeaDuckHunting #PatVincenti Some older footage of Pat Vincenti of Vincenti Decoys carving upper Chesapeake Bay style Duck Hunting & Seaduck Hu...

Our current Featured Carver, Pat Vincenti, was featured on "Good Morning America" in 1994. The hosts, Charlie Gibson and...
01/22/2020

Our current Featured Carver, Pat Vincenti, was featured on "Good Morning America" in 1994. The hosts, Charlie Gibson and Joan Lunden filmed a segment on decoy carving at Pat and Jeannie Vincenti's shop. It was featured as part of a segment called the "Great Cheasapeake Bay Bus Tour".

Only a few days away.  Plan to join us!
01/21/2020

Only a few days away. Plan to join us!

As mentioned in a previous post, Pat began carving full time in 1985. He continued to improve on his birds until he deve...
01/21/2020

As mentioned in a previous post, Pat began carving full time in 1985. He continued to improve on his birds until he developed his own style. When looking back at his work, Pat once said that his 1985 red-breasted merganser looked too much like Woody Woodpecker. But now he produces a well made realistic merganser decoy.

Before decoy carving, Pat Vincenti was a baker at the Bel Air Bakery. He started working there when he was in 9th grade,...
01/20/2020

Before decoy carving, Pat Vincenti was a baker at the Bel Air Bakery. He started working there when he was in 9th grade, and by 1972 he was a full time baker. Then in 1975, he went to work part time for Madison Mitchell.

Pat Vincenti not only carves decoys, he collects them too. He prefers the upper bay style of ducks, and collects a lot o...
01/17/2020

Pat Vincenti not only carves decoys, he collects them too. He prefers the upper bay style of ducks, and collects a lot of Canvasbacks. Pat still has the first decoy the he ever bough from Mr. Mitchell, a Pintail hen.

Pat Vincenti's customers now are mainly collectors. He has shipped his decoys all across the country, and the world! Som...
01/16/2020

Pat Vincenti's customers now are mainly collectors. He has shipped his decoys all across the country, and the world! Some of these places are Spain, Germany, New Zealand, England, Australia, and Portugal.

01/15/2020
Pat Vincenti started hunting on the Flats with boys he went to school with. They got their own rig together, bought boat...
01/15/2020

Pat Vincenti started hunting on the Flats with boys he went to school with. They got their own rig together, bought boats, and made decoys. Body-booting was their main style.
Pat eventually quit hunting, but enjoyed the memorable times on the water.

For Pat's decoys, he uses white pine, cedar, and bass woods. He uses oil based paints, and has changed his style over th...
01/14/2020

For Pat's decoys, he uses white pine, cedar, and bass woods. He uses oil based paints, and has changed his style over the year from a 'working' to a 'collecting' duck. Pat has described his style as a combination of all of the older carvers he learned from, but has developed his own unique look.

Our Featured Carver, Pat Vincenti, began painting his own ducks in 1979. In 1980, he asked 'Titbird' Bauer to give him a...
01/13/2020

Our Featured Carver, Pat Vincenti, began painting his own ducks in 1979. In 1980, he asked 'Titbird' Bauer to give him a hand with a bunch of Black Ducks. Titbird helped Pat paint every duck he made from 1980-1983. Titbird never charged Pat a penny. After 1983, Pat made the whole decoy himself.

Great turnout for our “Jim Pierce: Past to Present” event last evening!  Thanks to the Pierce family, all who attended a...
01/13/2020

Great turnout for our “Jim Pierce: Past to Present” event last evening! Thanks to the Pierce family, all who attended and our sound & video crews!

In 1979 Pat Vincenti opened his own decoy shop. It was a 12' x 20' shed with just a bench and a bandsaw in it. He still ...
01/10/2020

In 1979 Pat Vincenti opened his own decoy shop. It was a 12' x 20' shed with just a bench and a bandsaw in it. He still turned bodies down at either Mr. Gibson's or Mr. Mitchell's. Prior to 1979, Ed Sampson made all of Pat's duck heads. Pat would cut them out, but Ed would whittle them.

01/09/2020

Homeschool families and scout troops plan a visit to the museum with our educational coordinator, Heather Thompson. Educational tours and presentations can be arranged. Learn about waterfowl, local history, and the folk art of decoy making. Contact us for additional information.
Call: 410-939-3739 or
e-mail: [email protected]

Around 1974, Pat Vincenti started hanging around at Jimmy Pierce's and Madison Mitchell's shops. He would help them by s...
01/09/2020

Around 1974, Pat Vincenti started hanging around at Jimmy Pierce's and Madison Mitchell's shops. He would help them by sweeping, pulling nails, and whatever else needed to be done. Pat gradually started learning the different phases of decoy making.

Pat Vincenti started making decoys when he was about 15 years old. He made them because he couldn't afford to buy decoys...
01/08/2020

Pat Vincenti started making decoys when he was about 15 years old. He made them because he couldn't afford to buy decoys to hunt over. They made decoys in shop class, and he started off making silhouettes. Pat's first round bottom birds were made from Madison Mitchell's patterns.

Don’t miss this year’s Vintage Hunting & Fishing Collectibles Show at the Level Fire Hall on January 25th!
01/07/2020

Don’t miss this year’s Vintage Hunting & Fishing Collectibles Show at the Level Fire Hall on January 25th!

Pat Vincenti was born May 21, 1954 in Bayonne, New Jersey; but his family moved to Havre de Grace when he was one year o...
01/07/2020

Pat Vincenti was born May 21, 1954 in Bayonne, New Jersey; but his family moved to Havre de Grace when he was one year old. Pat graduated from Havre de Grace High School in 1972. He went on to become a baker until 1986, when he started making decoys full time with his wife Jeannie.

Our first Featured Carver of the new year is Patrick "Pat" Vincenti. Follow us this month to learn more about Pat and hi...
01/06/2020

Our first Featured Carver of the new year is Patrick "Pat" Vincenti. Follow us this month to learn more about Pat and his carvings!

Congratulations to our Fall raffle winners!!1st prize: Allen Fair2nd prize:  Donald Walter3rd prize: Stuart Williard4th ...
12/15/2019

Congratulations to our Fall raffle winners!!
1st prize: Allen Fair
2nd prize: Donald Walter
3rd prize: Stuart Williard
4th prize: Jack Harris
Museum staff will be in touch on Monday for delivery/pickup options. Thanks to all for supporting the Museum in this fundraiser.

Have you purchased your Fall Raffle tickets yet? The drawing is approximately one month away, so get them while you can!

Less than one week to purchase your raffle tickets!  Drawing will be held THIS Saturday (not Sunday) at 6 p.m.
12/09/2019

Less than one week to purchase your raffle tickets! Drawing will be held THIS Saturday (not Sunday) at 6 p.m.

Have you purchased your Fall Raffle tickets yet? The drawing is approximately one month away, so get them while you can!

Harford County hunting: Meet the good dogs who bring home the birds
12/04/2019
Harford County hunting: Meet the good dogs who bring home the birds

Harford County hunting: Meet the good dogs who bring home the birds

These are busy times for waterfowlers in Maryland, where hunting season runs intermittently from October through January. Nowhere does it resonate more than in Harford County, home to some of the state’s best duck-hunting as well as a trove of sportsmen and their dogs.

The Decoy Museum will be closed today so that we may celebrate with our families.  We will re-open tomorrow at 10:30 a.m...
11/28/2019

The Decoy Museum will be closed today so that we may celebrate with our families. We will re-open tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.

Parents!  Bring your child for a winter break escape.
11/27/2019

Parents! Bring your child for a winter break escape.

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215 Giles St
Havre De Grace, MD
21078

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A reminder to all vendors. The Charlie Joiner Memorial decoy show is coming up on September 7th and space is filling up. Please send your response forms in as soon as possible to guarantee your space for this First show in Galena Maryland.
To all the Decoy world. We lost a dear frriend of the Museum today. Mr. William Reinbold of Chestertown passed away at his home. He was 91.Bill and his sister Margaret R. Blair made the large Diaroma in the Museum of Canada Geese. Bill carved mostly miniatures and was very well known for his bird carvings.
Could not be happier. I got $100 in birthday money. Spent it all at Dick Robinson's booth and decoys. May decoy show going on now.
Thank you so much for hosting the UCDC meeting today! You are awesome for allowing us to have our inaugural meeting of upper cheasapeake duck decoy collectors meet and greet, let's turn this into something special like the duck fair was! Let's not lose the history of the decoy capitol !
I'm pleased to announce that my book about Cecil County decoys is available on line at www.cecilcountydecoys.com I hope you find it enjoyable.
I am pleased to present an electronic version of my book on Cecil County decoys and the history of Charlestown, Maryland. To preview my book on line please visit www.cecilcountydecoys.com Also check me out on Facebook at Cecil County Decoys
I am pleased to present my electronic book on Cecil County decoys and the history of the town of Charlestown, Maryland. You can preview my book for free by visiting
Was great to see Capt Harry today along with Charles and Joey Jobes , having guest carvers is a great idea! We all need to spread the word and support this effort.
Got this from a good friend today. A peice of history
Coot by Bryan Bodt and yellow legs carved by Manfreed Scheel. Purchased at the decoy festival.