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

Potomac Heritage

The National Colonial Farm

 

—Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park —

 
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By Don Morfe, July 26, 2009
1. Potomac Heritage Marker
Inscription. Before you flows the great Potomac River, a 390 mile stretch of water, forests, fields and wetlands that tells the story of ten thousand years of human habitation. The river begins as a spring at the Fairfax Stone in West Virginia, evolves to a tidal river at Washington, D.C., and eventually expands to a body of water that is over ten miles wide as it empties into the Chesapeake Bay. When Captain John Smith made his fateful voyage past this site in 1608, he saw Native American villages and stockade forts scattered along the shoreline. A century-and-a-half later, George Washington looked across the waterway to see the same unblemished landscape that one views from Mount Vernon today. Millions now live and work along this corridor, building upon cultural traditions laid down over ten millennia. The story of the Potomac valley is the story of colonial estates and small farmers and waterman and urban dwellers. It is an expression of the American Experience. Vast areas of wilderness and open space remain along the river. Countless historical sites have been preserved. It is one of the prime recreational resources of the region. The Accokeek Foundation works with many other organizations to preserve the river’s past, save environmental areas important to our quality of life today, and educated the public about how crucial this precious
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By Don Morfe, July 26, 2009
2. Potomac Heritage Marker
Mount Vernon across the river.
resource is to the future of our country.
 
Erected by Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park.
 
Location. 38° 41.724′ N, 77° 4.056′ W. Marker is in Accokeek, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on Bryan Point Road (Entrance to the Park). Touch 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. Fishing the Potomac River (within shouting distance of this marker); Traveling on the Potomac River (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The National Colonial Farm (about 500 feet away); Cherished Homeland (about 500 feet away); John Smith Explores the Chesapeake (about 500 feet away); Join the Adventure (about 500 feet away); People Shaping the Land (about 600 feet away); Welcome to the Visitor Center (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Accokeek.
 
Categories. Colonial EraNative AmericansWaterways & Vessels
 
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By Don Morfe, July 26, 2009
3. Potomac Heritage Marker
The Welcome Sign
Potomac Heritage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 26, 2009
4. Potomac Heritage Marker
Now entering the fee area
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 6, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 336 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 6, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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