The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Sassafras • Wináhk (Wee-nock)
For centuries, Native peoples have used the bark, roots, and leaves of the sassafras tree as medicine and flavoring in food and beverages.
As Native peoples taught settlers how to harvest and use sassafras, demand grew quickly. In the 1700s, it became one of the largest exports to England, second only to tobacco. The Shawnee continue to harvest sassafras today, drinking tea made from root bark to remove impurities from the blood.
Did you know that sassafras root is used as a flavoring in one of the most popular soft drinks, root beer?
Location. 38° 53.31′ N, 77° 1.001′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from Jefferson Drive SW. Touch for map. On the grounds of the National Museum of the American Indian. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20024, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Upland Hardwood Forest (a few steps from this marker); Cardinal Direction Markers (within shouting distance of this marker); Rick Bartow (1946-2016) (within shouting distance of this marker); Can you hear the echo of the water bouncing off the rock? (within shouting Restoration of the Land (within shouting distance of this marker); Traditional Croplands (within shouting distance of this marker); What is a Grandfather Rock? (within shouting distance of this marker); George Rivera (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
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