Chesapeake Bay Journeys

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!

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Wildlife Webcams

Observe falcons and osprey live through streaming webcams courtesy of our partners the Chesapeake Conservancy

John Smith's 1612 Bay Map

Mapping the Bay

Mapping of the Bay stretches back for more than 450 years. Who, what, when and why was the Chesapeake mapped? Find out here.

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Indigenous Cultural Landscapes

Landscapes that are evocative of the natural and cultural resources supporting American Indian lifeways and settlement patterns.

Living Historians recreate an encounter between Smith and American Indians.

Captain John Smith

Captain John Smith's explorations would shape the future of the Chesapeake Bay and the people who already inhabited it.

Zimmerman Center for Heritage house in Wrightsville, PA

Upcoming Events

A calendar of upcoming events for the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and their partners

Last updated: June 15, 2018

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