Captain John Smith Chesapeake NHT 2017 Highlights

Chesapeake Conservancy


  • Mobile Visitor Center — Launched the “Roving Ranger” with the NPS. The vehicle features scenes of the Chesapeake Bay on all sides and appears at all Chesapeake Trail locations, public events, and festivals to promote its natural and cultural heritage. Families can collect a National Park passport stamp, pick up a trail brochure and a Junior Ranger hat, participate in an interpretive ranger program, and learn about new experiences on the Chesapeake Trail.


  • Ancestral Land — Celebrated the donation of land to the Rappahannock Tribe on June 17, 2017 with members of the tribe, the NPS Chesapeake Bay Office, U.S. Senator John Warner and his daughter Virginia Warner (who donated nearly an acre of land on Carters Wharf Road in Warsaw, VA). The parcel of land is near a public boat landing at Fones Cliffs along the Rappahannock River and allows the tribe access to the trail. This land will be used as a staging area for the tribe’s Return to the River program to engage tribal youth in the traditions of their ancestors, such as canoeing, fishing, and camping. The donation coincides with the recently released report, “Defining the Rappahannock Indigenous Cultural Landscape.”


  • Signage — Worked with volunteer historians and installed five new granite markers as part of its John Smith Chesapeake Cross Marker project at these locations: Pamunkey River in King William County, VA, Peregryns Mount in New Castle County, DE, Smith’s Fort Cross in Surry County, VA, Sassafrass River in Kent County, MD, and Susquehanna River, Susquehanna State Park, Havre de Grace, MD. The latest granite marker is at the 16th of 24 sites and was dedicated by Maryland delegate and historians.

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