Historic St. Mary’s City features an extensive collection of American Indian artifacts and re-enactors in period costume. But the original city nearly became lost, a footnote along a state highway with perhaps nothing more than a plaque marking the site where colonists established the first Maryland settlement that prized religious freedom and tolerance.
By the end of the eight-day Outward Bound program, the students paddled almost 40 miles of the Nanticoke River, camped at six different locations, and learned how to read navigational maps and live without the usual comforts of home.
In the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, Smith Island stands defiant. Its community remains strong and proud while all the other island towns in Maryland have faded away, their populations fleeing for the mainland.
Explore Powhatan Creek and the Chickahominy River - by land or by water - to experience the Chesapeake as Captain John Smith saw it on portions of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.