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Captain John Smith Chesapeake
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The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail is a series of water routes in the United States extending approximately 3,000 miles (4,800 km) along the Chesapeake Bay, the nation's largest estuary, and its tributaries in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and in the District of Columbia. The historic routes trace the 1607–1609 voyages of Captain John Smith to chart the land and waterways of the Chesapeake.
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https://www.nps.gov/cajo/index.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitol_Hill_Parks The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail is a series of water routes in the United States extending approximately 3,000 miles (4,800 km) along the Chesapeake Bay, the nation's largest estuary, and its tributaries in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and in the District of Columbia. The historic routes trace the 1607–1609 voyages of Captain John Smith to chart the land and waterways of the Chesapeake. People first arrived in the Chesapeake Bay during the last ice age. As glaciers melted, diverse societies learned to thrive in a world of water. When Englishman Captain John Smith explored the Bay in 1608, he documented hundreds of American Indian communities. Today, sites on his map are archeological treasures and sacred sites for tribal citizens. Come join us on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay! The water trail is 3,000 miles long and there are countless places to explore it. The trail's headquarters and main visitor center is at Colonial National Historical Park - Historic Jamestowne. For an internet map search or GPS, use the following: Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center, 1368 Colonial Parkway, Jamestown, Virginia 23081. Gloucester County Visitor Center Gloucester County Visitor Center is housed in the historic Colonial Courthouse in downtown Gloucester, Virginia. The National Park Service has worked with Gloucester County to produce an exhibit for the Visitor Center on Werowocomoco. Located a twenty-minute drive west on the banks of the York River, Werowocomoco is a newly-rediscovered historic site rich in cultural heritage - it was the seat of the Powhatan Chiefdom and has been occupied by American Indians for thousands of years. From Jamestown: Take Colonial Parkway out of the park and make a left after exiting the gates to stay on Colonial Parkway. Make a right on VA-31 N. Then take VA-199 to I-64 E. Take exit 247 from I-64 E. Turn left onto VA-143 E, turn left onto Longfellow Rd, turn right on Lebanon Church Rd, and finally turn left on VA-238 E. Take VA-238 E to US-17 N. US-17 N will take you to Gloucester, where you can turn right onto Main St. Historic Jamestowne - Trail Headquarters The trail shares a headquarters with Historic Jamestowne, an historic site and visitors center managed by Colonial National Historical Park. Visitors to this coastal Virginia island can explore the site where English colonists built their first successful settlement. Jamestown was the starting point of John Smith's voyages, which form the basis for the trail's route today. Take in the natural beauty of the James River, bike around the loop road, go on a guided tour, and more. For a google map search or GPS, use the following address: 1368 Colonial Parkway, Jamestown, Virginia 23081. Sultana Education Foundation Sultana Education Foundation embraces the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail's vision for getting kids out on the water and learning more about the diverse ecosystem of the Bay through land and on water programming. Sultana hosts public paddles, programs for school groups, and summer programs. Check their website, sultanaeducation.org, for more information about when and how to visit. Watermen's Museum For more than 30 years, the Watermen’s Museum has shared the stories of the men and women who have worked the water: protecting the waterways and villages, piloting ships, ferrying goods and people, and fishing for our delicious seafood. The Watermen's Museum is an exciting, vibrant community where staff, members, volunteers, and guests come together to develop, provide, and enjoy museum programs and to just have fun along the shores of the historic York River. The Watermen’s Museum is just 21 miles from Historic Jamestowne. Use Colonial National Historic Parkway to Yorktown, and make a left onto Water Street. The Museum is on the left. Visitors approaching via Interstate 95 will use I-64 East near Richmond VA. Richmond is approximately 63 miles from Yorktown VA. Visitors from the north may choose the scenic byways of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsulas to arrive at Yorktown off of Route 17, just across the York River from historic Gloucester County. Zimmerman Center for Heritage The Zimmerman Center for Heritage sits on the banks of the Susquehanna River and is part of the Susquehanna National Heritage Area. The Susquehanna River has long been a gateway to exploration and a corridor of culture and commerce. As rich in history as it is in breathtaking scenery, spectacular wildlife and soul restoring recreation, the river is a place for experiencing the stories of America. The Zimmerman Center for Heritage is located on the west bank of the Susquehanna River, just south of Wrightsville, PA and east of York, PA. Heron at sunset at Blackwater NWR A heron at sunset in the waters and marshes of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Many people visit Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge to spot birds, like this heron, that rely the natural resources of the landscape. Living History at Jamestown Settlement A re-created American Indian town. At Jamestown Settlement, trail visitors can view yihakan, the houses seen pictured here, which are constructed from saplings and reed mats. Cypress Trees Chickahominy River Many baldcypress trees standing in the Chickahominy River Some scenes - like this one of cypress trees in the Chickahominy River - look similar to what Captain John Smith would have seen 400 years ago. Kayaker at Jug Bay A lone kayaker explores the Patuxent River The upper reaches of the Patuxent River at Jug Bay give visitors a view of the Chesapeake region that feels similar to a time before European settlement. Susquehanna River view from Zimmerman Center A view of the Susquehanna River and the boat dock at Zimmerman Center for Heritage Visitors can use the dock at Zimmerman Center for Heritage to launch canoes and kayaks onto the beautiful Susquehanna River in south central Pennsylvania. New Paddling Resource for the Susquehanna River The Susquehanna River is the main water source into the 18 trillion gallon Chesapeake Bay, supplying 19 million gallons of fresh water every minute. This beautiful river spans across three states – New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland - and more than 45,000 total miles of waterways. There’s no shortage of places to explore on the Susquehanna, but how do you know where to start? Lower Susquehanna River that shows blue water and lush, green fields in the background. Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail e-Newsletter Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail, WARO quarterly e-newsletter Communities Celebrate Designation of Susquehanna NHA Separated by the vast Susquehanna River, residents of York and Lancaster Counties in Pennsylvania are known for having a (mostly friendly) rivalry. But neither river nor rivalry stopped locals from joining state and national representatives to celebrate the creation of the Susquehanna National Heritage Area (NHA) and their shared history, culture, and natural landscapes. Leaves and the stone arches of the Wrightsville-Columbia Bridge across the Susquehanna River Online Activity: Map a Cultural Landscape A “cultural landscape” is a place that is important to a person or group of people. Cultural landscapes have stories to tell about the people who lived there. In this activity, you will become a historian by making a cultural landscape map for a loved one. Interview someone about the neighborhoods they have lived in and make a map that tells their story. Hand drawn map of a neighborhood Indigenous Artistry: Debra Martin Debra Martin is a citizen of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe, whose reservation is located in King William, Virginia. Martin makes pottery, beadwork, and quilting. She is also the Assistant Director of the Pamunkey Indian Museum and a councilperson in the tribe's government. Her pottery draws on traditional techniques and natural motifs. Portrait of Debra Martin in front of a building. Indigenous Artistry: Mario Harley Mario Harley is an artisan from the Piscataway Conoy tribe, located in what is now Maryland. He uses a variety of natural materials, such as feathers, porcupine quills, birch bark, and sweet grass, in his artwork. His designs are made with Native dancers in mind. Portrait of Mario Harley inside a house. Indigenous Artistry: Leonard Harmon Leonard Harmon is a citizen of the Lenape Tribe of New Jersey and the Nanticoke Tribe of Delaware. In his artwork, Harmon blends the traditional with the modern, infusing bright colors into the regalia he designs. He also uses beads made from wampum, the purple and white shell of the quahog or hard clam. The Lenape people were considered the keepers of the white wampum beads. Portrait of Leonard Harmon at the beach. Indigenous Artistry: Ethan Brown Ethan Brown is an artist from the Pamunkey Indian Tribe located in King William, Virginia. His painted gourds reflect scenes from tribal life and culture. In addition, Brown is a film maker, sculptor, painter, and potter. Artist Ethan Brown at work on his gourd paintings. Deep History & Archeological Periods Paleoindian peoples first arrived in the Chesapeake Bay watershed over 15,000 years ago. Since, Native peoples have thrived here, benefiting from the plentiful resources of the Bay. Three pipes from an archeological site. From Contact to Present From slavery and displacement to nationhood and revitalization, Native peoples are still here today despite centuries of erasure by European and American governments. A man in a suit and hat stands next to a river with rowboat and fishing net. Life in the Indigenous Chesapeake Prior to English settlement in the Chesapeake, indigenous cultures did more than simply “live off the land.” Native societies were sophisticated, with unique languages, religions, economies, political systems, and traditions. An illustration showing American Indians fishing using various techniques. A Tapestry of Nations The Chesapeake Bay watershed was home to several tributary networks of tribes organized around paramount leaders and operating on a gift-giving economy. An illustration of an Indigenous town showing fields and homes. Sew an American Shad Sew your own American Shad! The American Shad is one of the many fish species that migrates from the Atlantic Ocean up the rivers of the Chesapeake Bay to spawn each year. This silvery, iridescent swimmer has been called the fish that feeds the Atlantic. Indeed, it was historically a meal often enjoyed by American Indians and colonists that is still prized by anglers today. Make a shad of your very own with our first ever sewing pattern! Stuffed animal fish sitting on a beach. John Smith’s Writings Captain John Smith's writings offer an eyewitness account of the Chesapeake Bay in 1608. They describe his explorations in detail, recounting where he went, what he saw, and the people he met. His journals, published in 1612, introduced the English to the Chesapeake region and triggered a wave of colonization. Illustration of a sailing ship and text from the title page of a book. Colonialism: John Smith in Context During this period, several European nations sought to increase their wealth and power by taking control of trade routes and areas rich in natural resources. Captain John Smith's voyages throughout the Chesapeake Bay in 1608 were part of England's endeavor to establish a colony in the Americas. A royal seal featuring heraldry and a crown stamped on a map. A Closer Look: John Smith's Chesapeake Voyages In the summer of 1608, Captain John Smith set out on two exploratory voyages that covered thousands of miles of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The information he recorded about Indigenous peoples and the landscape introduced the region to those in England hoping to expand the colony. A replica English barge sailing in a river beside cliffs. Captain John Smith's Shallop John Smith and his crew used a boat called a "shallop" to explore the Chesapeake Bay in the summer of 1608. In the Chesapeake Bay's shallow, unpredictable waters, the versatility of a shallop was essential. Illustration of John Smith's shallop, a row boat with a single mast. Colonial Maps of the Chesapeake Mapmaking was a crucial part of European colonial ventures. Early explorers in the Chesapeake created maps of the Bay and its rivers that were used by the English as they made their first settlements in the region. A crudely drawn sketch mapping the York River at the town of Werowocomoco John Smith's Map of Virginia: A Closer Look Captain John Smith's map was the first accurate and widely distributed map of the Chesapeake Bay region. Here, we give an overview of this fascinating document and take a closer look at some of the map's details and illustrations. A compass rose on an old map Mapping the Chesapeake: Cartography in the 1600s Cartography is the science of drawing maps. Learn about the tools and techniques John Smith used to produce his map of the Chesapeake Bay. A quadrant, a triangular metal tool used for measuring latitude. Chesapeake Bay Yoga Simply being outdoors is a fantastic way to promote health and wellness. If you're looking for a way to deepen your connection to both nature and your body, why not try out these Chesapeake Bay-inspired yoga poses? A person in lotus pose with lotus flowers in a pond in the background. Gourd Art: Telling Stories From Powhatan Culture Artist Ethan Brown of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe creates works of gourd art which tell stories from his Tribe. Let's look at three of his artworks and learn about the history and culture of Virginia Indian Tribes! "[Art] is a way to examine everything that has been written in the historical record, to take the stories I know from my community,...to dream and use intuition, and then through art to make new connections." Three gourds painted and carved on display outside on a tablecloth