+Calvertcachers Posted April 22, 2011 Share Posted April 22, 2011 Captain John Smith Geotrail With the success of the Star-Spangled Banner Geotrail, the Chesapeake Conservancy, the National Park Service and the Maryland Geocaching Society are pleased to announce the Captain John Smith Geotrail! The new trail will launch on Saturday, June 4, 2011. We will host a special and exciting kick-off event (listing to be published soon) on the property of the Accokeek Foundation, National Colonial Farm. Be sure to save the date and we hope you all will join us for this exciting event! Stay tuned for more details! Here is a little taste of what you will discover along the Captain John Smith Geotrail...... Are you ready to follow in the wake of Captain John Smith? Visit sites along the National Historic Trail and learn about the native cultures and the natural environment of the 17th-century Chesapeake through the Captain John Smith Chesapeake Geotrail. The Trail provides opportunities for you to experience the Bay through the routes and places associated with Smith’s explorations. Caches will be located in museums, refuges, parks, and towns in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware along the rivers and creeks that Smith and his crew explored four centuries ago. Over four hundred years ago, Englishman John Smith and a small crew set out in an open boat to explore the Chesapeake Bay. Between 1607 and 1609 Smith mapped and documented nearly 3,000 miles of the Bay and its rivers. Along the way he visited many thriving American Indians communities and gathered information about this “fruitful and delightsome land.” In December 2006 the U.S. Congress designated the routes of Smith’s explorations of the Chesapeake as a national historic trail—the first national water trail. Additional Resources: National Park Service Smith Trail.net Trail updates will be posted on the Maryland Geocaching Society website. Click here: MGS Quote Link to comment
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