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County Executive to Commemorate John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

County Executive to Meet Captain John Smith at Hanock's Resolution

Annapolis (June 18, 2008)-Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold invites the public to help him welcome historical hero Captain John Smith at Hancock’s Resolution on Saturday, June 21 at 3:00 PM. Arriving by barge, Smith’s presence will acknowledge the new Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and honor the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Captain John Smith and his crew to the Patapsco and Magothy rivers and Bodkin Creek. The trail is the nation’s first entirely water-based national historic trail which takes travelers along Captain Smith’s route.

Where: Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold
"Captain John Smith," explorer Karyn Molines, Supervisor of Cultural Resources, Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks Tim Barrett, Friends of the Captain John Smith National Historic Trail Sarah Bransom, Project Manager of the Captain John Smith National Historic Trail

What: Welcoming "Captain John Smith" to Hancock’s Resolution on the 400th anniversary of his arrival to Anne Arundel County and dedication of a commemorative plaque for the new Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

When: Saturday, June 21, 2008 at 3:00 PM

Where: Hancock’s Resolution
795 Bayside Beach Road, Pasadena, 21122

"As a long time member of the Friends of Hancock's Resolution and a great admirer of the rich history of Anne Arundel County, I am very excited to welcome the crew ashore," County Executive Leopold said. "The new Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and Hancock's Resolution are two unique areas where visitors can enjoy nature while they learn about the area and it is my hope that these sites will host hikers, bikers, and families from across Maryland and the nation for years to come."

Captain John Smith was responsible for the discovery of the Delmarva area, creating detailed maps and notes on the natural resources and culture of the Native Americans on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Now, 400 years later, the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail commemorates Smith’s personal bravery and independence as well as the impact of his discoveries and works, which historians still treasure as sources.

The public is invited to accompany Captain John Smith’s "Barge of Discovery" on its journey from Reedville Fishermen's Museum to the Hancock Resolution House in Pasadena, MD. The Barge will leave in the morning, stopping at the Atlantic Marina Resort, Gray’s Creek, Magothy River on Friday, June 20. There the Reedville and Conservation Fund will host exhibits at the Gibson Island Country School.

Then on Saturday, June 21, the Barge will proceed to Hancock’s Resolution, arriving approximately at 3:00 PM. County Executive Leopold will provide the welcome and dedication of a commemorative plaque for the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

On Sunday, June 22, the Barge will be on display on land at Fort Smallwood Park to the public until 3:30 PM. It will then be placed back in the water in preparation for its trip to Baltimore the following day.

For more information on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, please visit www.friendsofthejohnsmithtrail.org/

*A boat will be available for any press that wishes to ride alongside the barge.


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