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Accokeek in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fishing the Potomac River

The National Colonial Farm

 

—Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park —

 
Fishing the Potomac River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 26, 2009
1. Fishing the Potomac River Marker
Left side of the marker
Inscription. In 1759, George Washington wrote that the Potomac River was “…well-stocked with various kinds of fish at all seasons of the year, and in the spring with shad, herrings, bass, carp, perch, sturgeon, etc. in great abundance.” Fisherman tossed their nets into the river and pulled their catch ashore by hand or by mule. The Potomac River was once the most profitable fishing river on the East Coast until over-fishing, pollution, and sedimentation devastated the fish population. By the early twentieth century, the once plentiful sturgeon disappeared from the Potomac, and shad and herring were rare. Fortunately, catch limits, clean water laws and conservation actions are cleaning up the Potomac. Government agencies and private citizens are working to replenish the shad and herring population and to reintroduce sturgeon to the Potomac River. In time these troubled species may again be “in great abundance.” (Inscription under the photo in the upper left) You might need a bigger pole…Atlantic sturgeon like this can reach up to 15 feet in length and weight up to 800 pounds. With reintroduction efforts under way, some day it may again be possible to catch a sturgeon in the Potomac.
 
Erected by Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.
 
Location.
Fishing the Potomac River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 26, 2009
2. Fishing the Potomac River Marker
Right side of the marker
38° 41.711′ N, 77° 4.095′ W. Marker is in Accokeek, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on Bryan Point Road (Entrance to the Park). Click for map. The marker is on the grounds of the National Colonial Farm. Marker is in this post office area: Accokeek MD 20607, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Potomac Heritage (within shouting distance of this marker); The National Colonial Farm (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Traveling on the Potomac River (about 500 feet away); Cherished Homeland (about 700 feet away); John Smith Explores the Chesapeake (about 700 feet away); Join the Adventure (about 700 feet away); Science and History Together (about 700 feet away); People Shaping the Land (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Accokeek.
 
Categories. AnimalsColonial EraWaterways & Vessels
 
Fishing the Potomac River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 26, 2009
3. Fishing the Potomac River Marker
Welcome sign at the entrance to the park.
Fishing the Potomac River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 26, 2009
4. Fishing the Potomac River Marker
Fishing pier on the grounds of The National Colonial Farm
Fishing the Potomac River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 26, 2009
5. Fishing the Potomac River Marker
Mount Vernon across the river from The National Colonial Farm
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 326 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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