CJS -National Colonial Farm Accokeek Foundation #1
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Come on a journey to remember and commemorate the history and travels of Captain John Smith!
Over four hundred years ago, Englishman John Smith and a small crew set out in an open boat to explore the Chesapeake Bay. Between 1607 and 1609 Smith mapped and documented nearly 3,000 miles of the Bay and its rivers. Along the way he visited many thriving American Indians communities and gathered information about this “fruitful and delightsome land.” In December 2006 the U.S. Congress designated the routes of Smith’s explorations of the Chesapeake as a national historic trail—the first national water trail.
Are you ready to follow in the wake of Captain John Smith? Visit sites along the National Historic Trail and learn about the native cultures and the natural environment of the 17th-century Chesapeake through the Captain John Smith Chesapeake Geotrail. The Trail provides opportunities for you to experience the Bay through the routes and places associated with Smith’s explorations. Caches will be located in museums, refuges, parks, and towns in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware along the rivers and creeks that Smith and his crew explored four centuries ago.
The Captain John Smith (CJS) Geotrail launched June 4, 2011 with over 40 caches within Maryland, Virginia and Delaware. A trackable geo coin will be awarded to the first 400 geocachers, while supplies last, for locating at least 15 CJS caches. To be eligible for the coin, geocachers must download a passport from either the CJS Geotrail or Maryland Geocaching Society website. Geocachers must find and log at least 15 finds, record the code word from each cache on their passport and post a picture of themselve at each cache location. After discovering the 15 required caches, geocachers may have thier passports validated in person or via mail at the National Park Service, Chesapeake Bay Office located at 410 Severn Ave, Suite 314, Annapolis, MD 21403. Please refer to the passport for complete validation instructions.
Participating in the CJS geotrail is fun and we hope that many people join in. However, it is not a requirement for logging your find on this cache once you find the container.
This is a simple puzzle multi cache located on beautiful park land. Stage One – posted coordinates will take you to a Potomac Heritage Sign. Go to the sign and find the following for stage two coordinates:
N 38 41.ABC
A=Paragraph 1, Line 1, Word 3, Letter 1 _____
B=Paragraph 2, Line 3, Word 6, Letter 1 ______
C=Paragraph 1, Line 6, Word 3, Letter 6 _______
D= Paragraph 2, Line 1, Word 4, Letter 3, ______
E= Paragraph 1, Line 2, Word 4, Letter 1 _____
F= Paragraph 1, Line 3, Word 5, Letter 2, _____
Take the numeric value of each letter and plug them into the coordinates. This will take you to stage 2.
Science and History Together
N 38 41.GHI
W 077 03.JKL
G=Paragraph 1, Line 2, Word 8, Letter 5 _____
H=Paragraph 1, Line 1, Word 4, Letter 2 ______
I=Paragraph 1, Line 2, Word 8, Letter 5 _______
J= Paragraph 1, Line 1, Word 6, Letter 1, _____
K= Paragraph 1, Line 1, Word 4, Letter 4 ______
L= Paragraph 1, Line 2, Word 8, Letter 5, ______
A place of natural beauty, Piscataway Park is home to bald eagles, beaver, deer, fox, osprey, Eastern Bluebirds, and many other species. Open daily from dawn to dusk, the public fishing pier, kayak launch, and riverside trails provide visitors with scenic views along the shore of the Potomac River and a beautiful view of George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Piscataway Park covers approximately 5,000 acres and stretches for six miles from Piscataway Creek to Marshall Hall on the Potomac River. For more than 50 years, the Accokeek Foundation has stewarded 200 of those acres in partnership with the National Park Service. This land serves as an outdoor classroom for educational programs, research, agriculture, and conservation projects.
Piscataway Park is at the heart of the Piscataway world. The Piscataway homeland was first mapped by Captain John Smith in 1608. Its political center was located here off the shores of the Potomac where there was good land for agriculture, rich marshes with edible plants, and an abundance of fish and waterfowl. With its ample natural resources, this land has been home to Native American people for more than 400 generations. Today it remains the cherished homeland of the Piscataway people of Southern Maryland. The Piscataway value system, while the product of history, is forward-looking. Among the most important of these values are generosity, sharing, and reciprocity in all relationships; respect for all living things; and careful stewardship of the natural environment.
These values emerged out of the experience of living for so long in this place, and they all point toward the importance of paving the way for future generations. Thus, Piscataway Park is to this day the spiritual center of the Piscataway world, and it will remain so in the future.
Thanks to WWCD for helping with this hide and to the Maryland Geocaching Society for assisting with this project!
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