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Turner's Creek Landing in Kent County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Tockwogh and the Bay

 
 
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By Beverly Pfingsten, April 6, 2013
1. The Tockwogh and the Bay Marker
Inscription. The American Indians of the Sassafras region - known as the Tockwogh - survived by harvesting the rich bounty of plants and animals of the Chesapeake. They netted rockfish and other finfish, gathered shellfish and crabs during low tides, hunted deer and small game, and gathered wild nuts during the fall. The Tockwogh were also avid farmers, growing corn, squash and other crops.

The Tockwogh built their village within a palisade, a tall stockade wall constructed of sturdy branches. The village consisted of longhouse homes, storehouses, gathering places and garden plots.

The Tockwogh traveled by water in dugout canoes crafted from the trunks of large trees. The craftsmen built each canoe by burning a tree trunk's surface and scraping away the charred wood using oyster shells. They repeated the process until the trunk was hollowed out and the bottom was flattened (to help stabilized the canoe).

Tockwogh men were responsible for hunting, fishing and defending the tribe. The women were tasked with tending gardens, weaving baskets, making clothing and raising the children.
 
Erected by Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.
 
Location. 39° 21.267′ N, 75° 59.087′ W. Marker is in Turner's Creek
Tockwogh Village image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, April 6, 2013
2. Tockwogh Village
Landing, Maryland, in Kent County. Marker can be reached from Turners Creek Road. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of Knock's Folly. Marker is in this post office area: Kennedyville MD 21645, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Captain John Smith on the Sassafras River (here, next to this marker); A Home with a Rich Past (a few steps from this marker); Natural Diversity at Turner's Creek (within shouting distance of this marker); Agricultural Demonstration Area / Historic Tree Grove (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to the Kent Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away); Turner's Creek (approx. mile away); Waterfront Hub for Trade (approx. mile away); Corn Crib (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Turner's Creek Landing.
 
Categories. Colonial EraNative Americans
 
Tockwogh Village image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, April 6, 2013
3. Tockwogh Village
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 247 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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