Havre de Grace Decoy Museum

Havre de Grace Decoy Museum Located on the banks of the historic Susquehanna Flats, the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum houses one of the finest collections of working and decorative Chesapeake Bay decoys ever assembled.
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Free parking. Gift Shop. Modest admission fee. 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

Free parking. Gift Shop. Modest admission fee. 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

Operating as usual

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09/03/2021

Sign up to meet author Robert Lackey on September 13th

Sign up to meet author Robert Lackey on September 13th

08/31/2021
Yesterday was a great day in the Mitchell Shop with Guest Carver, Jonathan Grove! He educated several visitors personall...
08/29/2021

Yesterday was a great day in the Mitchell Shop with Guest Carver, Jonathan Grove! He educated several visitors personally about the processes of creating a decoy. He explained the differences between Havre de Grace region birds and up river ones regarding their size, shape, weights, etc. He exhibited several heads in various stages to the delight of visitors. It was another notable day in The Shop!

This Saturday, August 28th, from 10:30-4:00, the Museum will proudly feature Guest Carver, Jonathan Grove in the Mitchel...
08/26/2021

This Saturday, August 28th, from 10:30-4:00, the Museum will proudly feature Guest Carver, Jonathan Grove in the Mitchell Shop. Jonathan resides in York, PA and after collecting decoys for 20 years, began carving in 2014 when a friend invited him to a carving class. He creates mostly oversized decoys to be used to hunt on the Susquehanna River and continues to collect local antique Susquehanna River decoys. Jonathan has earned award-winning ribbons on several of his decoys and we look forward to hosting him this Saturday. Stop by to check him out and say hello!

We had a very successful day in the Mitchell Shop yesterday with guest carver, John Eichelberger. John enlightened many ...
08/22/2021

We had a very successful day in the Mitchell Shop yesterday with guest carver, John Eichelberger. John enlightened many guests, demonstrated his techniques and sold some decoys to curious admirers. He will be joining us again today from 12-4 if you didn’t get a chance to visit him yesterday!

08/19/2021
If you’re headed to the Waterfront Festival in Havre de Grace this weekend, be sure to stop by the Decoy Museum and also...
08/19/2021

If you’re headed to the Waterfront Festival in Havre de Grace this weekend, be sure to stop by the Decoy Museum and also visit the Mitchell Shop out back. This weekend, we’re pleased to host guest carver, John Eichelberger on both Saturday and Sunday!
John resides in Lancaster County, PA and began his carving career 10 years ago when his retirement provided him the time. He initially began carving cork birds after buying an instructional book but he subsequently switched to wood decoys. He paints them with oil paints.
John has been involved with the Decoy Museum for many years and has volunteered on several occasions. Be sure to stop by to see John in action and say hello!

Today, we featured the talents of guest carver Bruce Eppard in the Mitchell Shop. Many came to tour the shop and talk wi...
08/07/2021

Today, we featured the talents of guest carver Bruce Eppard in the Mitchell Shop. Many came to tour the shop and talk with Bruce. He educated the visitors about his techniques, style, knowledge and also sold some decoys! He added that he enjoyed his time there today and would love to come back at a future date. Thank you, Bruce, for taking the time to volunteer and promote the craft of decoy-making!

This weekend, August 7th from 10:30-4:00, the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum is pleased to feature Bruce Eppard as the gues...
08/03/2021

This weekend, August 7th from 10:30-4:00, the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum is pleased to feature Bruce Eppard as the guest carver in the Mitchell Shop!
Bruce has been carving decoys and wildfowl since 1985 and had a 26 year run of winning ribbons at the Ward Championships in Ocean City, MD until the pandemic.
For the past 10-15 years, Bruce’s style has evolved more towards a “contemporary antique" look, utilizing a draw knife and making his decoys look old. Bruce continues to carve in the old handmade tradition honoring the heritage of Chesapeake Bay Decoy carving.
Stop in this weekend and say hello to Bruce

This weekend, August 7th from 10:30-4:00, the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum is pleased to feature Bruce Eppard as the guest carver in the Mitchell Shop!
Bruce has been carving decoys and wildfowl since 1985 and had a 26 year run of winning ribbons at the Ward Championships in Ocean City, MD until the pandemic.
For the past 10-15 years, Bruce’s style has evolved more towards a “contemporary antique" look, utilizing a draw knife and making his decoys look old. Bruce continues to carve in the old handmade tradition honoring the heritage of Chesapeake Bay Decoy carving.
Stop in this weekend and say hello to Bruce

07/29/2021

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Guest carvers are back at the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum! The R. Madison Mitchell Shop is again spotlighting carvers on the weekends.
This weekend features Havre de Grace native Rich Moretz.
Rich has spent over thirty years making various forms of folk art carvings and decoys. He will be demonstrating and showing his creations this Saturday and Sunday. Stop by and say hi to Rich! On Sunday, August 1st.

07/13/2021

The Museum will be closed to the public today, July 13, 2021.

Q. What do ducks live on the 4th of July?A. Fire-quackery
07/05/2021

Q. What do ducks live on the 4th of July?
A. Fire-quackery

Q. What do ducks live on the 4th of July?
A. Fire-quackery

Happy 4th of July!   The museum is open today from 12p until 4p.
07/04/2021

Happy 4th of July! The museum is open today from 12p until 4p.

Happy 4th of July! The museum is open today from 12p until 4p.

We are open on July 4th from 12p until 4p.  Stop on by to say hi.
07/03/2021

We are open on July 4th from 12p until 4p. Stop on by to say hi.

We are open on July 4th from 12p until 4p. Stop on by to say hi.

We are open on July 4th from 12p until 4p.  Stop on by!
07/02/2021

We are open on July 4th from 12p until 4p. Stop on by!

We are open on July 4th from 12p until 4p. Stop on by!

Mindy - Congratulations on your retirement and 20 years of service. You will be missed.
07/01/2021

Mindy - Congratulations on your retirement and 20 years of service. You will be missed.

We are open on July 4th from 12p to 4pm.   Stop on by and check us out.
07/01/2021

We are open on July 4th from 12p to 4pm. Stop on by and check us out.

We are open on July 4th from 12p to 4pm. Stop on by and check us out.

Fun Fact Friday - This year's honorary chairman of the 39th Annual Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival is Capt Jeff Coates of ...
04/30/2021

Fun Fact Friday - This year's honorary chairman of the 39th Annual Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival is Capt Jeff Coates of Pitboss Waterfowl. See you tomorrow, May 1st from 8am -4pm on the museum grounds. #ThinkingofyouWeAre #ExploreHdg #DecoyMuseum
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Fun Fact Friday - This year's honorary chairman of the 39th Annual Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival is Capt Jeff Coates of Pitboss Waterfowl. See you tomorrow, May 1st from 8am -4pm on the museum grounds. #ThinkingofyouWeAre #ExploreHdg #DecoyMuseum
https://conta.cc/3ezxCBe

While we are "Carved in Tradition", this year's 39th Annual Decoy Festival's set up will be slightly different.   One da...
04/29/2021

While we are "Carved in Tradition", this year's 39th Annual Decoy Festival's set up will be slightly different. One day only, we will be socially distanced and vendors will be tailgating on the museum grounds. Museum Admission is FREE. #decoymuseum #explorehdg

While we are "Carved in Tradition", this year's 39th Annual Decoy Festival's set up will be slightly different. One day only, we will be socially distanced and vendors will be tailgating on the museum grounds. Museum Admission is FREE. #decoymuseum #explorehdg

It must be Wednesday if you are wondering who is this year's honorary chairman of the 39th Annual Decoy & Wildlife Art F...
04/28/2021

It must be Wednesday if you are wondering who is this year's honorary chairman of the 39th Annual Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival? Why it is non-other than Capt Jeff Coats of Pitboss Waterfowl #jeffcoates #decoyfestival #decoymuseum

It must be Wednesday if you are wondering who is this year's honorary chairman of the 39th Annual Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival? Why it is non-other than Capt Jeff Coats of Pitboss Waterfowl #jeffcoates #decoyfestival #decoymuseum

Have you marked your calendar yet to join us on Saturday, May 1st?   We're looking forward to seeing you.
04/28/2021

Have you marked your calendar yet to join us on Saturday, May 1st? We're looking forward to seeing you.

A message from our Honorary Chair of the 39th Annual Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival
04/27/2021
39th Annual Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival (Outdoors tailgate)

A message from our Honorary Chair of the 39th Annual Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival

A word from our Honorary Chair - Capt Jeff Coats Pitboss Waterfowl Join! Volunteer Make a Donation Directions Hourss A Message from our Honorary 39th Festival Chairman Captain Jeff Coats of Pitboss Wa

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04/26/2021

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A word from Capt Jeff Coats of Pitboss Waterfowl and this year's festival Honorary Chairman - https://conta.cc/3ezxCBe

A word from Capt Jeff Coats of Pitboss Waterfowl and this year's festival Honorary Chairman -  https://conta.cc/3ezxCBe
04/26/2021

A word from Capt Jeff Coats of Pitboss Waterfowl and this year's festival Honorary Chairman - https://conta.cc/3ezxCBe

A word from Capt Jeff Coats of Pitboss Waterfowl and this year's festival Honorary Chairman - https://conta.cc/3ezxCBe

Photos from Rotary Club of Aberdeen's post
04/19/2021

Photos from Rotary Club of Aberdeen's post

Havre de Grace Decoy Museum seeks an Executive Director to provide dynamic leadership and in partnership with the board ...
03/31/2021

Havre de Grace Decoy Museum seeks an Executive Director to provide dynamic leadership and in partnership with the board and key staff implement a vision and strategic plan for the organization.
The Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Directors to refine, develop, and implement a progressive program for the Museum’s revenue generation, fundraising, exhibitions, projects and seasonal tours, decoy carving and waterfowl research projects, collections management, educational activities, and community outreach. MORE DETAILS====> https://decoymuseum.com/careers/

Havre de Grace Decoy Museum seeks an Executive Director to provide dynamic leadership and in partnership with the board and key staff implement a vision and strategic plan for the organization.
The Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Directors to refine, develop, and implement a progressive program for the Museum’s revenue generation, fundraising, exhibitions, projects and seasonal tours, decoy carving and waterfowl research projects, collections management, educational activities, and community outreach. MORE DETAILS====> https://decoymuseum.com/careers/

We’re always looking for good people to help us continue our mission. That could be you! #volunteer #Joinus #Volunterism...
03/29/2021

We’re always looking for good people to help us continue our mission. That could be you! #volunteer #Joinus #VolunterismWithAGreatView
Submit your volunteer application today: https://decoymuseum.com/volunteer/

We’re always looking for good people to help us continue our mission. That could be you! #volunteer #Joinus #VolunterismWithAGreatView
Submit your volunteer application today: https://decoymuseum.com/volunteer/

Havre de Grace Decoy Museum seeks an Executive Director to provide dynamic leadership and in partnership with the board ...
03/29/2021

Havre de Grace Decoy Museum seeks an Executive Director to provide dynamic leadership and in partnership with the board and key staff implement a vision and strategic plan for the organization.
The Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Directors to refine, develop, and implement a progressive program for the Museum’s revenue generation, fundraising, exhibitions, projects and seasonal tours, decoy carving and waterfowl research projects, collections management, educational activities, and community outreach. MORE DETAILS====> https://decoymuseum.com/careers/

Havre de Grace Decoy Museum seeks an Executive Director to provide dynamic leadership and in partnership with the board and key staff implement a vision and strategic plan for the organization.
The Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Directors to refine, develop, and implement a progressive program for the Museum’s revenue generation, fundraising, exhibitions, projects and seasonal tours, decoy carving and waterfowl research projects, collections management, educational activities, and community outreach. MORE DETAILS====> https://decoymuseum.com/careers/

Havre de Grace Decoy Museum seeks an Executive Director to provide dynamic leadership and in partnership with the board ...
03/28/2021

Havre de Grace Decoy Museum seeks an Executive Director to provide dynamic leadership and in partnership with the board and key staff implement a vision and strategic plan for the organization.
The Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Directors to refine, develop, and implement a progressive program for the Museum’s revenue generation, fundraising, exhibitions, projects and seasonal tours, decoy carving and waterfowl research projects, collections management, educational activities, and community outreach. MORE DETAILS====> https://decoymuseum.com/careers/

Havre de Grace Decoy Museum seeks an Executive Director to provide dynamic leadership and in partnership with the board and key staff implement a vision and strategic plan for the organization.
The Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Directors to refine, develop, and implement a progressive program for the Museum’s revenue generation, fundraising, exhibitions, projects and seasonal tours, decoy carving and waterfowl research projects, collections management, educational activities, and community outreach. MORE DETAILS====> https://decoymuseum.com/careers/

Carved in Tradition is celebrating Women's History Month:  If someone told Jeanne Hiss of Reisterstown, Maryland, when s...
03/25/2021

Carved in Tradition is celebrating Women's History Month: If someone told Jeanne Hiss of Reisterstown, Maryland, when she was a young girl, that she would grow up to be a sought-after and very successful decoy carver, she would have never believed them. Jeanne had not even thought about decoy carving until she was fifty-five years old. It was at that time, when her brother was approaching his fiftieth wedding anniversary, that Jeanne decided to make him and his wife a very special gift. His anniversary party was one year away. She was proud of her brother's accomplishment and wanted to give him something that no one else could give him. She enrolled herself in a beginner carving class at Craftwoods. It was in that class that Jeanne carved her very first decoy. To learn more about Jeannie- check out the 1991 Canvasback Magazine -http://archive.decoymuseum.com/archive/1999_2_Spring.pdf

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215 Giles St
Havre De Grace, MD
21078

Opening Hours

Monday 10:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 10:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 10:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 10:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday 10:30am - 4:30pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Telephone

(410) 939-3739

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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

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The Charlie Joiner Memorial Decoy show is just days away and the anticipation is growing. We have 50 tables sold and people calling to ask if the show is still going to happen. Please spread the work that the answer is YES. We are expecting alot of friends to show up at this event. COVID 19 restrictions will be in place so we ask everyone to be patient. We are planning a small auction at 1pm you will not want to miss the 5 items we will auction off. Thank You to J R Russum Antiques for offering to do the auction. Hope to see everyone on Saturday. Thank you to all our sponsors this year also. Come out to this event and see old friends, old decoys and the Charlie Joiner display celebrating his over 60 years of carving.
The Charlie Joiner Memorial Decoy Show will be held on September 12, 2020 at the Galena Vol. Fire Co. in Galena Md. from 9am to 3pm. There will be a 5 item auction at 1pm that you will not want to miss. We have just 3 table spaces left and the show will be sold out for Vendors. Due to COVID 19 Face Masks will be required, social distancing and maximum capacity of 200 peoples will all be inforced. We have many vendors coming back for the second year of this show along with 10 new vendors. Come enjoy the only show on the delmarva since February. Admission is just a $5.00 donation going to the Charlie Joiner/Charlie Bryan investment account at the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum. Kids under 12 are free. Contact me at 410-708-7011 for table space.
The Charlie Joiner Memorial Decoy Show is still on for September 12, 2020. THere are conditions imposed by the State such as 6 feet social distancing, Mandatory Facemask use, hand sanitizers will be throughout the show for everyone's use limit of 50 table vendors, limit to 50%capacity to the Fire station which will be a total of 166( vendors and patrons) at any one time. Our local health dept. is trying to cooperate with us. I still have table space available so if you want to be a vendor it will be 1st come 1reserved until we are at capacity. Hope to see everyone there at the Fire Station on September 12 from 9 to 3. Everyone will also have to sign in for contact tracing purposes only
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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 !
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