Near Rison in Charles County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Join the Adventure
Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Explore the places Englishman John Smith traveled in the early 1600s. Learn about the thriving American Indian communities he encountered and imagine the bountiful Chesapeake he observed. Experience the natural and cultural richness that exists in the region today.
The 3,000-mile Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail traces the exploratory voyages Smith conducted from 1607 to 1609 on the Chesapeake Bay and along several major rivers. The trail includes parks, museum sites, driving tours, and water trails that align with Smiths historic voyage routes and offer opportunities for recreation and discovery.
Experience the Trail
Explore rivers, coves, and open water by kayak, sailboat, or motor craft.
Bicycle or hike along woodland trails and shoreline paths.
Follow winding back roads through rural landscapes and historic villages.
Visit places that celebrate American Indian heritage.
See birds and other wildlife foraging in marshes1 waterways and forests
Attend festivals and demonstrations, or join a guided tour.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Exploration • Native Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1607.
Location. 38° 33.526′ N, 77° 11.102′ W. Marker is near Rison, Maryland, in Charles County. Marker is on Sweden Point Road near Chicamuxen Road (Route 224). The marker is located in front of the Discovery Room building in Smallwood State Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2835 Sweden Point Road, Marbury MD 20658, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Smith Explores the Chesapeake (here, next to this marker); Rich Resources (here, next to this marker); Christian Temple Manor (a few steps from this marker); Explore your Chesapeake (approx. 0.2 miles away); General Smallwood's Gravesite (approx. 0.6 miles away); Smallwood's Home (approx. 0.7 miles away); Rum Point (approx. 1.7 miles away); General Joseph Hooker U.S.A. (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rison.
Also see . . .
1. Smallwood State Park, Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties. (Submitted on June 19, 2019.)
2. Find Your Chesapeake. (Submitted on June 19, 2019.)
3. Smallwood State Park. (Submitted on June 19, 2019.)
4. Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, National Park Service. (Submitted on June 19, 2019.)
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