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Swan Harbor Farm

Havre De Grace , MD
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LOCATION

401 Oakington Road
Havre de Grace, MD 21078 US (map)

PHONE

410-939-6767

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ABOUT US

Swan Harbor Farm is a 531 acre historic waterfront estate specializing in weddings, special events and corporate affairs. Majestically situated on the upper Chesapeake Bay, it features a... Read more
Swan Harbor Farm is a 531 acre historic waterfront estate specializing in weddings, special events and corporate affairs. Majestically situated on the upper Chesapeake Bay, it features a beautifully restored circa 1700 stately home, lovely landscaped grounds and a pier and gazebo overlooking the Bay. The fully furnished, climate-controlled home features an upper floor with changing areas for wedding party, 3 bathrooms, a children’s playroom and a screened porch. The first floor features various rooms suitable for cocktails and mingling, 3 bathrooms, a large commercial kitchen, patio and porch. Ceremonies on the lawn are followed by celebrations with up to 250 guests in our tented reception area. The outdoor wedding season runs from mid-April until the end of October. Swan Harbor Farm is owned by Harford County Government and managed by the Department of Parks and Recreation. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
10
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
3
Describe your venue:
Farm, Mansion, Park / Zoo
Describe the style of your venue
Country, Waterfront, Garden
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
250
What event services do you offer?
Outside Vendors OK

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.8/5.0
Our wedding is in October, so this review is for everything leading up to the wedding. I have been to weddings here before, and the venue is Gorgeous! For the area, it was also an affordable option for us. The only issue I have is with not being able to conduct my Rehearsal here due to other event bookings the day before. I don't want to have to see my groom the day of the wedding before the ceremony. A little hiccup, but certainly not a deal reader. Love the service I've received from the staff.
Our wedding is in October, so this review is for everything leading up to the wedding. I have been to weddings here Read more...
Our wedding is in October, so this review is for everything leading up to the wedding. I have been to weddings here before, and the venue is Gorgeous! For the area, it was also an affordable option for us. The only issue I have is with not being able to conduct my Rehearsal here due to other event bookings the day before. I don't want to have to see my groom the day of the wedding before the ceremony. A little hiccup, but certainly not a deal reader. Love the service I've received from the staff. Read less
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Mackenzie
Wedding:
10/3/2015
4.5/5.0
Swan Harbor Farm is a beautiful venue and comes at a great price considering all that is included! The property is beautiful year round with large tree's, a barn, a garden with fountain and not to mention the Chesapeake Bay as a backdrop! The house is lovely and a great place for guests to congregate during cocktail hour. They have 2 large tents that cover a brick paved patio for your reception which is wonderful! The staff was very helpful and I love that it is open to the public during the week so you can visit any time to get inspired or visit after the wedding to relive such an amazing day.

My only complaint would be that the house decor is a bit dated. The rooms for the bride and groom to get ready in could use a little love. Also this isn't really a complaint so much as something for you to know. Swan Harbor has a lot of rules since it is a county park. For example you cannot have sparklers or similar things for a grand exit. Just make sure to look at their list of what is and what is not allowed and you'll be good to go!
Swan Harbor Farm is a beautiful venue and comes at a great price considering all that is included! The property is Read more...
Swan Harbor Farm is a beautiful venue and comes at a great price considering all that is included! The property is beautiful year round with large tree's, a barn, a garden with fountain and not to mention the Chesapeake Bay as a backdrop! The house is lovely and a great place for guests to congregate during cocktail hour. They have 2 large tents that cover a brick paved patio for your reception which is wonderful! The staff was very helpful and I love that it is open to the public during the week so you can visit any time to get inspired or visit after the wedding to relive such an amazing day.

My only complaint would be that the house decor is a bit dated. The rooms for the bride and groom to get ready in could use a little love. Also this isn't really a complaint so much as something for you to know. Swan Harbor has a lot of rules since it is a county park. For example you cannot have sparklers or similar things for a grand exit. Just make sure to look at their list of what is and what is not allowed and you'll be good to go! Read less
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Hanna
Wedding:
9/25/2015
5.0/5.0
Swan Harbor was the PERFECT venue for our big day. The staff was so professional and accommodating. They were also very communicative which you need from a venue. Everyone loved the ceremony and reception, and the venue is a big part of what made that happen. I highly recommend this venue :)
Swan Harbor was the PERFECT venue for our big day. The staff was so professional and accommodating. They were also very Read more...
Swan Harbor was the PERFECT venue for our big day. The staff was so professional and accommodating. They were also very communicative which you need from a venue. Everyone loved the ceremony and reception, and the venue is a big part of what made that happen. I highly recommend this venue :) Read less
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Swan Harbor Farm responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much Hannah! It was our pleasure! We are so happy that you chose to share your wedding day with us, here, at Swan Harbor Farm!
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Private User
Wedding:
7/25/2015
4.2/5.0
I received endless compliments about this venue and it's beauty. The tent fit my 160 guests comfortably and the scenery was so beautiful. They keep their grounds pristine! The house is old, but it is very charming. As for the bathrooms- I can't speak on that as I didn't need to use them. They are very strict about their rules due to it being a county park. There were fishermen leaving during my reception and I spotted them on the path (every though I was told that groundsmen would keep visitors out of sight). Cindy was a blessing to work with and super responsive. I never saw or met the "hostess" that came with the venue, and we didn't utilize the golf cart due to timing. I didn't do a first look so the time frame was very short- and we even added the extra hour. We have the property from 530-1am (setup and cleanup included in that frame), so having a ceremony and reception gets super tight if you don't add the extra hour. Doing the double booking was out of the questions financially. Overall, I am so happy to have had my picturesque wedding at SHF ebcause there are plenty of pretty spots for pictures, I just wish we had more time!
I received endless compliments about this venue and it's beauty. The tent fit my 160 guests comfortably and the scenery Read more...
I received endless compliments about this venue and it's beauty. The tent fit my 160 guests comfortably and the scenery was so beautiful. They keep their grounds pristine! The house is old, but it is very charming. As for the bathrooms- I can't speak on that as I didn't need to use them. They are very strict about their rules due to it being a county park. There were fishermen leaving during my reception and I spotted them on the path (every though I was told that groundsmen would keep visitors out of sight). Cindy was a blessing to work with and super responsive. I never saw or met the "hostess" that came with the venue, and we didn't utilize the golf cart due to timing. I didn't do a first look so the time frame was very short- and we even added the extra hour. We have the property from 530-1am (setup and cleanup included in that frame), so having a ceremony and reception gets super tight if you don't add the extra hour. Doing the double booking was out of the questions financially. Overall, I am so happy to have had my picturesque wedding at SHF ebcause there are plenty of pretty spots for pictures, I just wish we had more time! Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
7/18/2015
4.6/5.0
Swan harbor Farms was an absolutely beautiful place to have our wedding. It is right on the Chesapeake Bay which you can walk down to along a path about a quarter-mile from the tent reception area. They were very strict on the rules since it is a state owned so you can't have any flower petals, rice, candles or things like that but it is very affordable and absolutely stunning. The house, which has restrooms and places for the bridal party to change is historic and immaculate. The gardens around the venue are so ornate you really don't need to dress up the wedding very much.
Swan harbor Farms was an absolutely beautiful place to have our wedding. It is right on the Chesapeake Bay which you can Read more...
Swan harbor Farms was an absolutely beautiful place to have our wedding. It is right on the Chesapeake Bay which you can walk down to along a path about a quarter-mile from the tent reception area. They were very strict on the rules since it is a state owned so you can't have any flower petals, rice, candles or things like that but it is very affordable and absolutely stunning. The house, which has restrooms and places for the bridal party to change is historic and immaculate. The gardens around the venue are so ornate you really don't need to dress up the wedding very much. Read less
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Chris
Wedding:
7/11/2015
5.0/5.0
Swan Harbor is an absolutely beautiful place to hold a wedding. The views were fantastic - great photo ops. The event planner was very easy to work with. She put us at ease and made everything about planning the wedding venue enjoyable. They offered suggestions and accommodated us with every request we made. The set up/clean up crew were great. We didn't feel rushed to get out of there. I would highly recommend Swan Harbor to any one who is looking for a venue for anything from meetings to weddings.
Swan Harbor is an absolutely beautiful place to hold a wedding. The views were fantastic - great photo ops. The event Read more...
Swan Harbor is an absolutely beautiful place to hold a wedding. The views were fantastic - great photo ops. The event planner was very easy to work with. She put us at ease and made everything about planning the wedding venue enjoyable. They offered suggestions and accommodated us with every request we made. The set up/clean up crew were great. We didn't feel rushed to get out of there. I would highly recommend Swan Harbor to any one who is looking for a venue for anything from meetings to weddings. Read less
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Bg5
Private User
Wedding:
6/26/2015
3.6/5.0
The venue for a ceremony and reception is AMAZING and beautiful, however, I felt like the staff wasn't as supportive as they could be. They only allow all your vendors and family to set up 1.5 hours before. We bought some extra time and was able to do 2 hours before and it still was not enough time to set up. My mom was running around like crazy trying to get everything ready. Their 3 staff members on site did nothing to help as well.

The other problem we had was the rehearsal on the Thursday before (we did a Friday night wedding). They told us (in a very strict manner) that we only had 30 minutes and that was it because other people would be coming. We came promptly at 6:00 and were frantically trying to get done at 6:30. However, nobody else came after us and I felt like they could've let us know that we had some extra time. Also, NO ONE was there during the rehearsal. We had young children and very old grandparents that needed to use the restroom and there was no way to get into the house because everything was locked up. I felt that at least one staff member should've been there for that purpose and to make sure that everything went smoothly.

For the money you pay, the venue is great, but a little more from the staff would've been nice...
The venue for a ceremony and reception is AMAZING and beautiful, however, I felt like the staff wasn't as supportive as Read more...
The venue for a ceremony and reception is AMAZING and beautiful, however, I felt like the staff wasn't as supportive as they could be. They only allow all your vendors and family to set up 1.5 hours before. We bought some extra time and was able to do 2 hours before and it still was not enough time to set up. My mom was running around like crazy trying to get everything ready. Their 3 staff members on site did nothing to help as well.

The other problem we had was the rehearsal on the Thursday before (we did a Friday night wedding). They told us (in a very strict manner) that we only had 30 minutes and that was it because other people would be coming. We came promptly at 6:00 and were frantically trying to get done at 6:30. However, nobody else came after us and I felt like they could've let us know that we had some extra time. Also, NO ONE was there during the rehearsal. We had young children and very old grandparents that needed to use the restroom and there was no way to get into the house because everything was locked up. I felt that at least one staff member should've been there for that purpose and to make sure that everything went smoothly.

For the money you pay, the venue is great, but a little more from the staff would've been nice... Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
5/2/2015
5.0/5.0
Swan Harbor was the perfect venue. My guests loved it and the pictures came out beautifully!
Swan Harbor was the perfect venue. My guests loved it and the pictures came out beautifully!
Swan Harbor was the perfect venue. My guests loved it and the pictures came out beautifully! Read less
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sjoppy
Wedding:
8/13/2009
4.0/5.0
So far I have had a wonderful experience working with the coordinator as she has given me such insight into how to really plan my wedding. Her idea's and her kind personality has made us choose this site to hold our ceremony and reception. It is such a beautiful sight with a lot of things to do for entertaining our guests. I am so glad that my fiance and I have chosen this site. I recommend this site to all of you.
So far I have had a wonderful experience working with the coordinator as she has given me such insight into how to really Read more...
So far I have had a wonderful experience working with the coordinator as she has given me such insight into how to really plan my wedding. Her idea's and her kind personality has made us choose this site to hold our ceremony and reception. It is such a beautiful sight with a lot of things to do for entertaining our guests. I am so glad that my fiance and I have chosen this site. I recommend this site to all of you. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Swan Harbor was the perfect place to have our wedding, and we couldn't be happier! Our guests were amazed at the beauty and expansiveness of the venue...having different gathering areas allowed our large wedding to feel less cramped. Everyone we worked with was absolutely wonderful. HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Swan Harbor was the perfect place to have our wedding, and we couldn't be happier! Our guests were amazed at the beauty Read more...
Swan Harbor was the perfect place to have our wedding, and we couldn't be happier! Our guests were amazed at the beauty and expansiveness of the venue...having different gathering areas allowed our large wedding to feel less cramped. Everyone we worked with was absolutely wonderful. HIGHLY RECOMMEND Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
[Private]
5.0/5.0
I would absolutely recommend Swan Harbor Farm to any couple that is looking for a gorgeous backdrop, relax elegant feel for their day. The top 3 things we love is how beautiful the land is, you can bring in your own vendors and book it for the entire day. Swan Harbor Farm is almost a blank canvas (besides the landscaping), we are able to make it our own and doing a double booking allows us/vendors time to set up, mingle with our guest and for vendors to clean up without feeling rushed.
I would absolutely recommend Swan Harbor Farm to any couple that is looking for a gorgeous backdrop, relax elegant feel Read more...
I would absolutely recommend Swan Harbor Farm to any couple that is looking for a gorgeous backdrop, relax elegant feel for their day. The top 3 things we love is how beautiful the land is, you can bring in your own vendors and book it for the entire day. Swan Harbor Farm is almost a blank canvas (besides the landscaping), we are able to make it our own and doing a double booking allows us/vendors time to set up, mingle with our guest and for vendors to clean up without feeling rushed. Read less
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