The National Colonial Farm
— Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park —Before you flows the great Potomac River, a 390 mile stretch of water, forests, fields and wetlands that tells the story of ten thousand years of human habitation. The river begins as a spring at the Fairfax Stone in West Virginia, evolves to a tidal river at Washington, D.C., and eventually expands to a body of water that is over ten miles wide as it empties into the Chesapeake Bay.When Captain John Smith made his fateful voyage past this site in 1608, he saw Native American villages and stockade forts scattered along the shoreline. A century-and-a-half later, George Washington looked across the waterway to see the same unblemished landscape that one views from Mount Vernon today.Millions now live and work along this corridor, building upon cultural traditions laid down over ten millennia. The story of the Potomac valley is the story of colonial estates and small farmers and waterman and urban dwellers. It is an expression of the American Experience.Vast areas of wilderness and open space remain along the river. Countless historical sites have been preserved. It is one of the prime recreational resources of the region. The Accokeek Foundation works with many other organizations to preserve the river's past, save environmental areas important to our quality of life today, and educated the public about how crucial this precious resource is to the future of our country.
|Placed By||Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 3:55am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 320189 N 4285004|
|Decimal Degrees||38.69540000, -77.06760000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 41.724', W 77° 4.056'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 41' 43.44" N, 77° 4' 3.36" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 3400 Bryan Point Rd, Accokeek MD 20607, US|
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