what is a shallop? LbNA # 64223
|Placed Date||Mar 24 2013|
|Location||occoquan regional park, occoquan, VA|
What is a shallop?
John Smith explored the Potomac, brown,
From Jamestown to Great Falls and all around.
From April 1607 thru October 1609, Captain Smith and his crew covered 3,000 miles around the
Chesapeake Bay in a shallop, a 30 foot open boat. Captain John Smith sailed from Jamestown, Virginia, the first British colony in the New World. Captain Smith followed the Potomac River North to the land that would later become our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. if you would like to visit one place that Captain John Smith passed on his explorations of the Potomac River, The Captain John Smith National Historic Trail follows his explorations. The ‘trail’ is actually a water way. One place Smith may have stopped along his travels, you can still enjoy watching current day sailors from the shores of the Occoquan Regional Park in Fairfax County.
Take I95 South from Washington to exit 160B VA RTE 123N Gordon Blvd, follow 1/2 mi N. to park entrance on right. The Park is open 8:00am until dusk. Closed on 12/24 and 12/25 for Christmas, and 01/01 for New Years.
Turn right into the park, follow the main drive to the area where boaters come ashore Find a place to park in the parking lot. Do not block any boat trailers. Now think, if John Smith came ashore here, looking for natives, there would not be a nice black asphalt path for him to follow, but you can today, take the path towards the park entrance.Continue on the path up the hill, do not cross the road unless you want to visit the old brick kiln. Keep on the path. Stop at the split rail fence and trail marker sign. Natives may have placed 2 large rocks(one foot long)to mark the place look under the top rock for a box not placed by Indians. There is a bench nearby to rest and open your find. Please record your find in the Website and send me a message about yourself. Enjoy your stoll, hope you have good weather.