Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
This powerful creek with its teeming diversity still demonstrates the rich resources native people enjoyed here for thousands of year. Wetlands and large beds of submerged aquatic vegetation provide a lush feeding ground for anadromous fish—species who live in the ocean and spawn in fresh water. Fishing birds, such as herons, ospreys, and egrets, also come here to feast.
“(We came to the Potomac) to search what furs…and what…minerals, rivers, rocks, nations, woods, fishings, fruits, victual, and what other commodities the land afforded, and whether the bay were endless or how far it extended.”
Captain John Smith, The General History of Virginia, 1624.
(Inscription above the image on the right)
Mattawoman Creek is said to have a greater concentration of largemouth bass than any other Potomac tributary.
Explore the diversity and beauty of Mattawoman Creek:
*The nearly 30-mile Mattawoman Creek features natural shorelines evoking the time of Captain John Smith’s travels here.
*Pitch your tent or rent a cabin as Smallwood State Park as your base-camp for exploring the area.
*Paddle the quiet upper reaches of the creek and discover the wonderful diversity of plants and wildlife.
Erected by National Park Service US Department of Interior.
Location. 38° 33.526′ N, 77° 11.102′ W. Marker is in Marbury, Maryland, in Charles County. Marker is on Sweden Point Road. Touch for map. The marker is located near the Discovery Room building in Smallwood State Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2750 Sweden Point Road, Marbury MD 20658, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Christian Temple Manor (a few steps from this marker); 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); Navy Railroad (approx. 2.8 miles away); Railroad at Naval Proving Ground (approx. 2.8 miles away); Saint Charles of Cornwallis Neck (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marbury.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Exploration • Settlements & Settlers •
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