Named after Henry Harford, the illegitimate son of Frederick Calvert, sixth Lord Baltimore, Harford County is located along the shores of Chesapeake Bay. The county is approximately 25 miles northeast of Baltimore, Md. It is bordered by the Mason-Dixon Line and Pennsylvania to the north, the Susquehanna River to the east, the scenic Chesapeake Bay to the south and Baltimore County to the west.
Harford County has a population of approximately 250,000 and is home to three municipalities: Aberdeen, Bel Air and Havre de Grace. The county is also home to the Aberdeen Proving Ground, the Army’s oldest active proving ground.
The county is comprised of an ideal mix of rich historical areas, bustling urban regions and waterfront amenities, along with picturesque and scenic landscapes of hills, forests and farms. Numerous outdoor recreational opportunities include fishing, hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking and more. There are a number of parks, gardens, museums and other cultural attractions. The county is also home to a minor league team, the Aberdeen IronBirds, founded by former Baltimore Orioles player and hall of famer Cal Ripken Jr., who was raised in Aberdeen.
The county offers many shopping, dining and nightlife opportunities for residents to explore.
A number of annual events and festivals celebrate everything from Maryland’s history to chocolate and art.