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Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway

 

Chesapeake Country is small town America at its best! Steeped in early colonial history, crossroad communities, rural farmland, wildlife refuges, and maritime recreation along the Chesapeake Bay, this Byway offers a diversity of nature, history, working landscapes, and scenic vistas.
Herr's Snack Factory
20 Herr Drive, Nottingham, PA
1-800-63-SNACK
Free guided tour of the factory, with warm potato chip samples provided. Herr's gift shop and "Chipper" Café located in Visitor Center. Reservations suggested.

Chester County, PA

Visit the Chester County, Pennsylvania website to learn about the sites and attractions of this county which borders Cecil County to the North.
Longwood Gardens
US Route 1, Kennett Square, PA
610-388-1000
($) - The world's premier horticultural display garden on 1,050 acres offers 40 magnificent gardens, four acre Conservancy, fountains, festivals, a DuPont home, and holiday displays. Open daily and many evenings.
QVC Studios
200 Wilson Drive, West Chester, PA
1-800-600-9900
A 1 hour and 15 minute guided tour of QVC Headquarters, gives an informative look into the world's largest electronic retailer. Watch live TV in action. Daily 10-4.
Delaware County, PA Visit the Delaware County, Pennsylvania website to learn more about the sites and attractions of this Pennsylvania county which is located North East of Cecil County.
Brandywine Battlefield Park
US Route 1, Chadds Ford, PA
610-459-3342.
Tour Washington's and Lafayette's Headquarters, the campsite of colonial troops, visitor center, museum, and shop. Hours: Tues-Sat 9 - 5, Sun 12 - 5, Groups by appointment..
Brandywine River Museum
US Route 1, Chadds Ford, PA
610-388-2700
Converted 19th Century grist mill displays major works of art by three generations of Wyeths and other American artists. Hours: 9:30 - 4:30 daily.
Franklin Mint Museum
US Route 1, Franklin Center, PA
610-459-6168
Exhibit of 20th Century icons includes Princess Diana's famous beaded gown, Jackie Kennedy's faux pearls, etc. Exhibits showcase artists and collectible themes. Hours Mon-Sat 9:30 - 4:30, Sun 1 - 4:30.
New Castle County, DE Visit the New Castle County, Delaware website to learn more about the sites and attractions of this county which borders Cecil County to the East.
Hagley Museum and Library
Routes 52 and 141
302-658-2400
($) - One of America's renowned outdoor museums, and site of the birthplace of the DuPont Company; Gunpowder Mills, worker's community, exhibits, gardens, special events, and the original 1803 du Pont family mansion. Interesting to all ages; Hours: Daily Mid March-December 9:30 - 4:30, Jan-Mid March weekends 9:30 - 4:30.
Historic New Castle
1-800-758-1550
A charming colonial town, founded by the Dutch in 1651, is steeped in history. Museums, shops, and restaurants on the Delaware River.
Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
Route 52, Wilmington, DE
1-800-448-3883
($) - Explore Henry Francis du Pont's American country estate. The 175 room mansion houses the world's largest collection of American antiques and decorative arts - more than 85,000 objects. Tour the museum  and see the exhibits and gallery. Stroll the gardens and new children's Enchanted Woods.Hours: Mon-Sat 9 - 5, Sun Noon-5. (Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years).
Harford County, MD Visit the Harford County, Maryland website to learn more about the sites and attractions of this county which borders Cecil County to the West.
Concord Point Lighthouse One of the oldest lighthouses in continual use on the East Coast; Spectacular view of the Chesapeake Bay. Open April - Oct on Sundays 1-5PM, other times by appointment; Foot of Lafayette Street, Havre de Grace, MD; 410-939-1498.
Historic Havre de Grace Located at the mouth of the Susquehanna River, and founded in 1658. Visit museums, Concord Point Lighthouse, take a stroll along the waterfront promenade, and shop in unique stores housed in attractive historic buildings. Downtown Havre de Grace; 1-800-597-2649.
Havre de Grace Decoy Museum ($) - On the banks of the Susquehanna River, this museum houses one of the finest collections of working decoys from the Chesapeake Bay and around the country. Also hosts events. Open daily 11 - 4; 215 Giles Street, Havre de Grace; 410-939-3739.
Kent County, MD Visit the Kent County, MD website to learn about the sites and attractions of this county which borders Cecil County to the South.
Historic Downtown Chestertown
Route 213 410-778-0416
Take a walking tour of this beautiful waterfront colonial town; Restaurants, unique shops, and home of the Sultana, an original replica of a 1768 schooner.
Rock Hall
Route 20
410-778-0416
This picturesque fishing village has quaint shops with unique gifts, local arts and crafts, and antiques. Also visit fresh seafood restaurants and the sandy public beach. Everything is within walking distance or a short trolley ride.
Eastern Neck Island
410.778.0416
National Wildlife Refuge with beautiful scenery. Hiking trails, woods, open fields, fishing from the bridge, and a public boat ramp. Visit observation decks with magnificent views! Rock Hall area.
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