• 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

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September 24, 2013
Advisory Councils Will Meet on October 7
Advisory Councils for the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail will meet together on October 7th, 2013 in Washington, DC.

August 20, 2013
Advisory Council Appointed to the John Smith Trail
The National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office announces the appointment of 25 members to the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail Advisory Council. Members of the Council, appointed by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, will consult with the Secretary and the National Park Service on matters related to the trail, including trail management, public access, recreation opportunities, and natural and cultural resource conservation along the trail route.

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.