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Marbury in Charles County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Rich Resources

Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

 
 
Rich Resources Marker-Panel 1 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 20, 2016
1. Rich Resources Marker-Panel 1
Inscription. John Smith and his crew spent a month exploring the Potomac River in 1608, during the first voyage through the region. Smith mapped the town of Pamacocack at the mouth of the Mattawoman Creek.

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.
*Launch

Captain John Smith explores the Chesapeake Marker-Panel 2 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 20, 2016
2. Captain John Smith explores the Chesapeake Marker-Panel 2
your boat or paddle craft from the park’s Sweden Point Marina to explore Mattawoman Creek or venture into the Potomac.
*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 EraExplorationSettlements & Settlers
 
Join the Adventure Marker-Panel 3 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 20, 2016
3. Join the Adventure Marker-Panel 3
Rich Resources Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 20, 2016
4. Rich Resources Marker
In the background is the Discovery Room building,
Sign at the entrance to Smallwood State Park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 20, 2016
5. Sign at the entrance to Smallwood State Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 26, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 210 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 26, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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