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 mapped and documented nearly 3,000 miles of the Bay and its rivers. Along the way they visited many thriving Native American 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.
As part of the planning process to develop a trail, which will allow you to learn about this aspect of the Chesapeake’s past, the National Park service is seeking public input through meetings held across the Chesapeake Bay region. These are opportunities to meet directly with representatives of the national historic trail.
The meeting focuses on topics related to interpretation, education, and trail use to help guide the interpretive plan for the trail. Based on input from the 2008 meetings, the National Park Service is currently developing several alternative proposals for ways to manage, interpret, and access the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.
The meeting in Havre De Grace takes place on Oct. 22 at the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum
100 Lafayette Street, Havre de Grace, MD from 6 to 8 p.m.
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