Piscataway Park is located in Prince George's County, Maryland and encompasses 5000 acres of open fields, dense forests, and wetlands along the Potomac River directly opposite Mt. Vernon, the land and home of George Washington.
Within the park is the National Colonial Farm, an outdoor living history museum, established by the Accokeek Foundation in 1958 to educate people about life on a middle-class tobacco farm of 1775. Skilled interpreters lead tours of the National Colonial Farm, highlighting the colonial structures, fields, gardens and animals.
Visitors can also explore the Ecosystem Farm, an example of farming for the future. Here, the concepts of land stewardship and the production of high-value vegetable crops are of equal importance. The Ecosystem Farm provides a distinctive educational experience about the issues of food, land use and environmental protection in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Founded in 1957 to protect the view from Mount Vernon across the Potomac River, the Accokeek Foundation, an educational nonprofit, became one of the nation's first land trusts. Today, the Foundation stewards 200 hundred acres of Piscataway National Park in Accokeek, MD, where visitors can hike a network of trails winding through wetlands, visit a native tree arboretum, and observe an award-wining forest restoration project.