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 —
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.”
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
Erected by Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Colonial Era • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1759.
Location. 38° 41.77′ N, 77° 3.96′ W. Marker has been reported damaged. Marker is in Accokeek, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on Bryan Point Road (Entrance to the Park). The marker is on the grounds of the National Colonial Farm. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Accokeek MD 20607, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Traveling on the Potomac River (here, next to this marker); Cherished Homeland (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Smith Explores the Chesapeake (about 400 feet away); Join the Adventure (about 400 feet away); The Potomac Heritage (about 400 feet away); The Hon. Frances Payne Bolton (about 400 feet away); The National Colonial Farm (about 400 feet away); People Shaping the Land (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Accokeek.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 6, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 561 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on August 14, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 2, 3. submitted on December 6, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 4. submitted on August 14, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 5, 6. submitted on December 6, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.