Four hundred years ago Englishman John Smith and a small crew of adventurers set out in an open boat to explore the Chesapeake Bay. Between 1607 and 1609 Smith and his crew mapped nearly 3,000 miles of the Bay and rivers and documented American Indian communities. Smith’s map and journals are a remarkable record of the 17th-century Chesapeake. Come join the adventure on the Chesapeake Bay!
Chesapeake Bay Journeys
The discovery of Werowocomoco was confirmed more than 400 years after the Indian leader Powhatan first interacted with people from Jamestown
Indigenous Cultural Landscapes
Landscapes that are evocative of the natural and cultural resources supporting American Indian lifeways and settlement patterns.
Captain John Smith
Captain John Smith's explorations would shape the future of the Chesapeake Bay and the people who already inhabited it.
A calendar of upcoming events for the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and their partners
Last updated: March 12, 2019