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Cape Charles in Northampton County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Good Start

Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

 
 
A Good Start Marker-Panel 1 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 21, 2016
1. A Good Start Marker-Panel 1
Inscription.
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On June 2, 1608, John Smith and his crew set sail on the first of two voyages exploring the Chesapeake region. Their first stop was the Eastern Shore. At a place near today’s Cape Charles, they saw Indian men fishing with spears.

Members of the Accomack tribe, the fishermen spoke the Virginia Algonquian language, which Smith had learned the previous winter. They directed the explorers to their own town, where the Accomack chief gave them a friendly reception.

Although there were other Indian towns on the Eastern Shore, Accomack was one of only two included in Smith’s map. The other was Accohannock, whose chief was named Kiptopeke.

“They (Accomack) spoke the language of Powhatan, wherein they made such descriptions of the bays, isles, and rivers, that often did us exceeding pleasure.”
–Captain John Smith, The General History of Virginia, 1624

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Experience more of the John Smith Trail along Virginia’s Eastern Shore:
• Visit nearby Cape Charles for beach access and enjoy the charm of its Historic District.
• Enjoy beach strolls, fishing, birding, hiking, camping, and more here at Kiptopeke State Park.
• Discover why the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge is a prime place to watch
Captain John Smith explores the Chesapeake Marker-Panel 2 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 21, 2016
2. Captain John Smith explores the Chesapeake Marker-Panel 2
bird and butterfly migrations.
• Explore the waterfront town of historic Onancock for fun onshore and off.

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Join the Adventure

Explore the places Englishman John Smith traveled in the early 1600s. Learn about the thriving American Indian communities he encountered and imagine the bountiful Chesapeake he observed. Experience the natural and cultural richness that exists in the region today.

The 3,000-mile Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail traces the exploratory voyages Smith conducted from 1607 to 1609 on the Chesapeake Bay and along several major rivers. The trail includes parks, museum sites, driving tours, and water trails that align with Smith’s historic voyage routes and offer opportunities for recreation and discovery.

Experience the Trail
• Explore rivers, coves, and open water by kayak, sailboat, or motor craft.
• Bicycle or hike along woodland trails and shoreline paths.
• Follow winding back roads through rural landscapes and historic villages.
• Visit places that celebrate American Indian heritage.
• See birds and other wildlife foraging in marshes, waterways, and forests.
• Attend festivals and demonstrations, or join a guided tour.

To learn more about the trail and to plan your adventure, visit www.smithtrail.net

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Join the Adventure Marker-Panel 3 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 21, 2016
3. Join the Adventure Marker-Panel 3
right) Captain John Smith’s Historic Voyage Routes. “Here are mountains, hills, plains, valleys, rivers, and brooks all running most pleasantly into a faire Bay compassed but for the mouth with fruitful and delightsome land.” —John Smith, 1612
(bottom) Overlooking the Susquehanna River; Students aboard Discovery at Jamestown Settlement; Kayakers explore the trail; Indian dance demonstration at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum.
 
Erected by National Park Service, US Department of Interior.
 
Location. 37° 9.998′ N, 75° 59.333′ W. Marker is in Cape Charles, Virginia, in Northampton County. Marker is on Kiptopeke Drive (County Route 704) 1.4 miles west of Lankdorf Highway (U.S. 13). Touch for map. The marker is located on the fishing pier at Keptopeke State Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3540 Kiptopeke Drive, Cape Charles VA 23310, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Concrete Ships (here, next to this marker); The Dunes (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chesapeake Bay (about 700 feet away); Farm to Market (about 700 feet away); Maritime Highway
A Good Start Marker-The Chesapeake Bay in the background image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 21, 2016
4. A Good Start Marker-The Chesapeake Bay in the background
(about 700 feet away); Fisherman Island NWR (approx. 3.3 miles away); Mansion Site (approx. 4.4 miles away); Bacon's Rebellion (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape Charles.
 
Categories. Colonial EraExplorationNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
Fishing Pier sign-A Good Start Marker is in the far background image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 21, 2016
5. Fishing Pier sign-A Good Start Marker is in the far background
Sign at the entrance to Kiptopeke State Park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 21, 2016
6. Sign at the entrance to Kiptopeke State Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 10, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 87 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 8, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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