Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
—Piscataway National Park —
Smith did not write much about the Piscataway, except that the people of Moyaone welcomed them. However, Father Andrew White, a missionary arriving with English settlers in 1634, described the people whose territory extended over much of southern Maryland. He met the Piscataway leader at “as noble a seat as could be wished, and as good ground as I suppose is in all Europe.”
Piscataway people still live in this area and have strong ties to this land. They meet here for ceremonies and gatherings.
“…at Moyaone, Nacotchtant, and Toags the people did their best to content us.”
Captain John Smith, The General History of Virginia, 1624.
(Inscription to the left of the map)
Smith’s map shows the town of Moyaons, now Moyaone, which was the ancestral home of the Piscataway people.
Experience the Captain John Smith Trail in many ways at Piscataway Park:
*Learn more about the Piscataway people and their
*Visit the National Colonial Farm in the park to see how early English colonists might have lived after Smith’s explorations opened the way to settlement.
*Fish the Potomac, described by John Smith as having”better fish, more plenty.” And more variety than the explorers found elsewhere.
*Access the Potomac and nearby Piscataway Creek from the park’s dock and kayak launch.
Erected by National Park Service US Department of Interior.
Location. 38° 41.712′ N, 77° 3.947′ W. Marker is in Accokeek, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on Bryan Point Road. Touch for map. This marker is to the right of the Piscataway National Park Visitor Center. 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 marker. John Smith Explores the Chesapeake (here, next to this marker); Join the Adventure (here, next to this marker); People Shaping the Land (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Visitor Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Land Shaping People (within shouting distance of this marker); Ecosystem Farm Traveling on the Potomac River (within shouting distance of this marker); Potomac Heritage (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Accokeek.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Exploration • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 2, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 277 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 2, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.