Piscataway Park In southern Maryland. Basic information for visitors to the Piscataway Park

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Piscataway Park In southern Maryland. Basic information for visitors to the Piscataway Park In southern Maryland, near Accokeek

Piscataway Park In southern Maryland, near Accokeek

 

This attractive park stretches 6 mi along the Potomoc River from Piscataway Creek to Marshall Hall, part of a plan to preserve the river view from Mount Vernon as it was in George Washington's day. The park also has serene spots to picnic, bird-watch, view the mansion across the Potomac, and tour the working 18th-century National Colonial Farm. Preservation efforts began in 1952, and the park was authorized on October 4, 1961.

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO

 

Backcountry hiking, bird-watching, fishing, picnicking, touring farm. Facilities: Picnic area. Tips & Hints: Farm tours run by separate, nonprofit organization; call for details. Busiest Apr.-Oct., least crowded Dec. and Jan.

 

FEES & HOURS

 

Free. Open daily dawn-dusk.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

 

14 mi south of Washington, DC, via 1-95 (Capital Beltway) to Exit 3A to Rte. 210 south (Indian Head Hwy.); drive 10 mi to intersection in Accokeek, turn right on Bryan's Point Rd., park is 4 mi ahead on the Potomac River. Closest airport: Washington, DC (Reagan, 21 mi).

 

CONTACTS

 

Piscataway Park (c/o Fort Washington Park, 13551 Fort Washington Rd., Fort Washington, MD 20744, tel. 301/763-4600,). National Colonial Farm tour reservations (tel. 301/283-2113).

 

Thomas Stone National Historic Site

 

In southern Maryland, near Port Tobacco

 

Haberdeventure plantation was the home of Thomas Stone, one of Maryland's four signers of the Declaration of Independence. Stone was a delegate to the Continental Congress between 1775 and 1777 and again between 1783 and 1784. As a member of the Continental Congress, he served on the 13-member committee that drafted the country's first system of government under the Articles of Confederation. Today, the 322-acre site contains Stone's five-part tidewater plantation house and several outbuildings typical of an 18th- and 19th-century Maryland plantation. The site was authorized on November 10, 1978.

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO

 

Taking guided tour, viewing exhibits. Facilities: Visitor center, guided tours, movie. Bookstore. Programs & Events: Ranger-led tours (10-4), audiovisual programs. Seasonal activities and special events available.

 

Piscataway Park In southern Maryland. Basic information for visitors to the Piscataway Park In southern Maryland, near Accokeek