National Historic Trail
Various States, VA,MD,DE,DC,PA,NY
Four hundred years ago Englishman John Smith and a small crew of adventurers set out in an open boat to explore the Chesapeake Bay. Between 1607 and 1609 Smith and his crew mapped nearly 3,000 miles of the Bay and rivers and documented American Indian communities. Smith’s map and journals are a remarkable record of the 17th-century Chesapeake. Come join the adventure on the Chesapeake Bay!
The Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network connects you with the natural and cultural heritage of the Chesapeake Bay watershed through more than 170 exceptional parks, wildlife refuges, museums, sailing ships, historic communities, trails and more. Gateways Network partner sites and water trails are the special places where you can experience the authentic Chesapeake.
National Historical Park
Famous as the First State to ratify the Constitution, Delaware was born out of a conflict among three world powers for dominance of the Delaware Valley. From this beginning, the region developed a distinct character that tolerated diversity in religion and national origin and valued independence
National Historic Trail
In 1781, General Rochambeau’s French Army joined forces with General Washington’s Continental Army to fight the British Army in Yorktown, Virginia. With the French Navy in support, the allied armies moved hundreds of miles to become the largest troop movement of the American Revolution. The effort and cooperation between the two sides led to a victory at Yorktown and secured American independence.
By The Numbers
- 1 national park
- 692 National Register of Historic Places listings »
- $153,143,262 of rehabilitation projects stimulated by tax incentives (since 1995) »
- 13 National Historic Landmarks »
- $37,957,545 in Land & Water Conservation Fund grants (since 1965) »
- 2,444 acres transferred by Federal Lands to Parks for local parks and recreation (since 1948) »
- $19,877,420 in historic preservation grants (since 1969) »
- 19 community conservation and recreation projects (since 1987) »
- 393 places recorded by heritage documentation programs »
- 5 Certified Local Governments »
- 2 Teaching with Historic Places lesson plans »
- 3 Discover Our Shared Heritage travel itineraries »
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These numbers are just a sample of the National Park Service's work. Figures are for the fiscal year that ended 9/30/14.