Java History Trail
Native American Exhibit
250 yards, a 5 minute walk
Java Plantation Exhibit
.5 mile, a 25 minute walk
Java Dairy Exhibits
.75 mile, a 55 minute walk
Java’ Return to Nature Exhibits
1 mile, a 70 minute walk
Indians of the Chesapeake
For over 2,000 years the Mattaponi, the Piscataway, and the Choptank people shared this area. These Native American cousins hunted and fished in the Rhode River area. A Piscataway campsite, representative of all three groups, has been reconstructed to show how these people may have lived. Graphic displays provide additional information on their hunting and fishing methods.
From the mid-1600s through the Civil War tobacco was the main crop grown in this area. Plantations developed along rivers and creeks for easy shipment of this essential crop. The Java History Trail explores life on a tobacco plantation from the viewpoint of both owner and African American slave. A small barn houses graphic displays and exhibits that revolve around the Java Plantation.
Java Dairy Farm
Robert L. Forrest operated a dairy on this land from 1915 to the mid-1940s. Many of the changes he made to the land are still visible in the landscape today. Graphic panels located along the trail tell about his dairy operations, the impact of grazing cattle
Java’s Return to Nature
A prime location on the Rhode River and its proximity to the Chesapeake Bay allow SERC scientist to conduct long-term research in a variety of ecosystems on air, land, and water. Some of the research is explained on graphic panels along this section of the trail. A raised walkway crosses Fox Creek marsh with displays giving information on the types of plants and animals living in a tidal marsh.
Location. 38° 53.202′ N, 76° 32.58′ W. Marker is in Edgewater, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is on Dock Road. Touch for map. The marker is near the Philip D. Reed Education Center and is on the grounds of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Marker is in this post office area: Edgewater MD 21037, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Indians of the Chesapeake (within shouting distance of this marker); Java Plantation Life (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Java Plantation Life (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Java Plantation Life
Categories. • Agriculture • Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 16, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 222 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on February 16, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.