The Chesapeake region is steeped in thousands of years of history.
English explorers called the Chesapeake Bay a “new world” when they discovered Virginia in 1607, though American Indians had flourished along the Bay’s shores since the Ice Age. In the past 400 years, the Chesapeake has seen countless wars and battles, generations of watermen and ship builders -- and even a few pirates!
The Chesapeake’s rich history and culture are still alive today. And there are dozens of places where you can discover it.
See how English settlers built a colony at Jamestown Island, or dig deeper into history at an archaeological site.
Trace the paths of soldiers at Civil War battlefields and escaped slaves on the Underground Railroad.
Are you interested in the Chesapeake Bay’s unique maritime heritage? Step aboard one of the last salty skipjacks to sail the Bay’s waters, dredging for oysters. Or visit a museum to learn about the treasured traditions of boat building and decoy carving.
If history is your fancy, then there’s no better place than the Chesapeake Bay. Explore the Chesapeake’s history and heritage at the locations and events below.
Celebrate National Puppy Day by bringing your four legged friend along on this 3 mile hike.Surry, VA
An opportunity to get an up close and personal view of these awesome birds in their natural habitat at Caledon State Park.King George, VA
Hike along the river with Dutch Gap Conservation Area guides for an adventurous three miles.Petersburg, VA
Celebrate Maryland’s 385th anniversary with ceremony, pageantry, speeches, and free admission to living history and museum exhibits.St. Marys City, MD
Learn about the magical plant offerings during this season that support health and well-being.Norfolk, VA
Begin your visit to the National Cherry Blossom Festival at the Tidal Basin Welcome Area which will offer information, food, souvenirs and more.Washington, DC
This clinic is primarily geared toward people looking to switch to a tarp as their primary backpacking/camping shelter, or perhaps just learn a new skill.Chesterfield, VA
Before you hit the water, learn and practice the skills needed to fish in fresh water.Williamsburg, VA
Explore amphibian life cycles and also see aquatic invertebrates up close as you hike below High Bridge and visit the park's abundant vernal pools.Green Bay, VA
Enjoy a scenic spring ride on the rails from Cumberland to Frostburg.Cumberland, MD
join Annapolis Maritime Museum’s annual oyster roast and sock burning.Annapolis, MD
Enjoy a 3/4 hour presentation about Eastern Bluebirds, then hike to a nest box in the park.Gaithersburg, MD
Explore the rich archaeological resources that have been identified throughout the Park over the past 112 years!Owings Mills, MD
Celebrate spring on the right foot and join the Arlington House Victorian Dance Society for an afternoon of dance.Fort Washington, MD
Bring your furry friend for a two-hour stroll among the cherry blossoms!Washington, DC
Join Master Naturalist Mike Quinlan for a leisurely hike through the Sanctuary to see and hear the signs of spring.Lothian, MD
Join park staff for a night in the woods, exploring the sounds of our early spring frogs and toads - including the Spring Peeper!Edgemere, MD
Bring your flashlight for a guided evening stroll beneath the blossoms.Washington, DC
Enjoy a tour of Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area’s aviary during morning feeding time, followed by a short hike.Owings Mills, MD
Join the Sierra Club for a moderate but brisk-paced hike--8 miles through multiple parks and urban neighborhoods.Washington, DC