National Historic Trail
Various States VA,MD,DE,DC,PA,NY
Four hundred years ago Englishman John Smith and a small crew of adventurers set out in an open boat to explore the Chesapeake Bay. Between 1607 and 1609 Smith and his crew mapped nearly 3,000 miles of the Bay and rivers and documented American Indian communities. Smith’s map and journals are a remarkable record of the 17th-century Chesapeake. Come join the adventure on the Chesapeake Bay!
Chesapeake Bay Watershed, DC,DE,MD,NY,PA,VA,WV
NPS helps you learn about and enjoy the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in North America. Here, you can visit major league cities, colonial towns, American Indian landscapes, farms and fishing villages. You can learn to kayak, pick crabs, go fishing, tour a lighthouse, slurp oysters, and slow down to enjoy the natural beauty of the Chesapeake.
National Historical Park
Famous as the First State to ratify the Constitution, Delaware was born out of a conflict among three world powers for dominance of the Delaware Valley. From this beginning, the region developed a distinct character that tolerated diversity in religion and national origin and valued independence.
National Historic Trail
In 1781, General Rochambeau’s French Army joined forces with General Washington’s Continental Army to fight the British Army in Yorktown, Virginia. With the French Navy in support, the allied armies moved hundreds of miles to become the largest troop movement of the American Revolution. The effort and cooperation between the two sides led to a victory at Yorktown and secured American independence.
By The Numbers
- 1 National Park
- $184,623,891 of Rehabilitation Projects Stimulated by Tax Incentives (since 1995) »
- $39,452,566 of Land & Water Conservation Fund Appropriated for Projects (since 1965) »
- $21,585,424 in Historic Preservation Grants (since 1969) »
- 7 Certified Local Governments »
- 21 Community Conservation & Recreation Projects (since 1987) »
- 2,444 Acres Transferred by Federal Lands to Parks for Local Parks and Recreation (since 1948) »
- 5,661 Hours Donated by Volunteers »
- 1 Wild & Scenic Rivers Managed by NPS »
- 1 National Trails Managed by NPS »
- 707 National Register of Historic Places Listings »
- 14 National Historic Landmarks »
- 409 Places Recorded by Heritage Documentation Programs »
- 2 Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plans »
- 2 Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itineraries »
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These numbers are just a sample of the National Park Service's work. Figures are for the fiscal year that ended 9/30/2017.