Near Marbury in Charles County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
John Smith Explores the Chesapeake
Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historical Trail
Although Smith did not discover gold, or a river passage to the Pacific, his precise map and detailed observation of American Indians societies and the abundant natural resources guided future explorers and settlers.
An Abundance of Life
Smith discovered a treasure trove of natural wonders in the Chesapeake region: thick forests of giant pines, oaks and hickories; vast marshlands; huge turtles, 800-pound sturgeon, and great schools of shad and striped bass. Massive flocks of ducks, geese, and swans darkened the sky; and enormous oyster reefs rose above the water’s surface.
At the time of Smith’s explorations, an estimated 50,000 American Indians dwelled in the Chesapeake region-as their ancestors had for thousands of years.
Erected by National Park Service, US Department of Interior.
Location. 38° 33.526′ N, 77° 11.102′ W. Marker is near Marbury, Maryland, in Charles County. Marker is on Sweden Point Road one mile from Chicamuxen Road (Route 224). Touch for map. The marker is located in front of the Discovery Room building in Smallwood State Park. 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. Join the Adventure (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 Marbury.
Also see . . .
1. Find Your Chesapeake. (Submitted on June 19, 2019.)
2. Smallwood State Park, Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties (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.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Exploration • Native Americans •
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 20, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 19, 2019. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 19, 2019. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.