• A kayaker paddles on the Patuxent River at the Jug Bay Natural Area. Photo by Middleton Evans.

    Captain John Smith Chesapeake

    National Historic Trail VA,MD,DE,DC,PA,NY

Advisory Council

NOTICE: The meeting of the Advisory Council scheduled for June 3, 2014 has been cancelled.

The Advisory Council for the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, appointed by the Secretary of the Interior in 2008, consists of representatives of federal and state agencies, tribes, and Bay-related organizations. The Council consults with the Secretary on matters relating to the trail and assists the National Park Service in development and implementation, identifying significant trail resources, and other matters.

The Council is subject to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 USC App.), which includes the designation of a federal officer to oversee the management of the Council. The Designated Federal Officer is Assistant Superintendent, Jonathan Doherty. The Council reports to the Secretary of the Interior through the Director of the National Park Service.

The Advisory Council meets twice annually and the meetings are open to the public.

For a list of the current membership of the advisory council click here.

For information on the trail's Advisory Council, see Frequently Asked Questions.

To read summaries of previous meetings of the trail's Advisory Council, click here.

Did You Know?

A barb from a cownose ray

Captain John Smith was stung by a ray at Stingray Point during his journey on the summer of 1608. He was stabbing them with a short sword to catch them and it was likely a cownose ray that jabbed him back. Smith suffered extreme pain, but the ray suffered worse – it ended up as his evening meal.