Captain John Smith Chesapeake NHT: 2018 Highlights

Chesapeake Conservancy

  • The Department of Interior celebrated the recognition of Virginia Tribes at Werowocomoco. This archeological site, now under the permanent protection of the National Park Service, is not yet open to the public until planning is completed with American Indian tribes who hold this place as sacred.
  • The National Park Service and Chesapeake Conservancy screened the award-winning short film, “Werowocomoco: Protecting a Powhatan Place of Power,” which was made in cooperation with Tribal community members. The video has been viewed over 44,600 times.
  • Key nonprofit partners continued robust programming along the trail.
  • The Chesapeake Conservancy celebrated the acquisition of a new trail-front park in the city of Seaford, DE on the Nanticoke River with Sen. Christopher Coons (D-DE), Seaford Mayor David Genshaw, and the National Park Service on October 12, 2018. The 1-acre parcel was donated to the city to become a small waterfront park with a kayak launch and other amenities, with the intent to facilitate public access to the river.
  • 2018 was a year of transition for the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. The National Park Service shifted management of the trail from the Chesapeake NPS office in Annapolis, MD to Colonial National Historic Park, VA in June 2018.
  • Chesapeake Conservancy created a new position and hired a Digital Resources Coordinator.

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The Chesapeake Roving Ranger was present at the celebration of the acquisition of a new trail-front park in the city of Seaford, DE. Photo Credit: Kelsey Everett.