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The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network has something for everyone - from special parks and museums to historic communities, land and water trails. Each month, the Network highlights some of its sites that offer you a unique look at life on the Chesapeake. These thematic lists can help you explore the Network and experience your Chesapeake.

Celebrating Mothers

Explore Your ChesapeakeMothers are educators, constantly exposing their children to new experiences and ideas. This Mother’s Day, return the favor. Take your mother, grandmother or any other mother figure to any of these Gateways and explore with her the beauty and diversity of the Chesapeake.

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge - Cambridge, MD
A retreat for birds during the winter months this refuge, which preserves more than 26,000 acres, is located in the Blackwater and Nanticoke River watersheds on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. This tidal marsh is a haven for several threatened or endangered species, including nesting bald eagles.

Belle Isle State Park - Lancaster, VA
This 733-acre park, which features the historic Belle Island plantation, is a window to the beautiful lower Rappahannock River in Lancaster County. Observe seven miles of waterfront filled with marshes, wetlands, and forests that provide for diverse wildlife such as blue herons, bald eagles, white-tailed deer, turkeys, groundhogs, and amphibians.

Piney Point Lighthouse Museum and Park - Piney Point, MD
A beacon of safety for mariners, the Piney Point Lighthouse was built in 1836 and is one of the oldest of the 11 original lighthouses constructed on the Potomac River. Observe the museum’s collection of historic workboats including the skipjack Joy Parks, a bugeye, Potomac River dory boat and a log canoe while enjoying this park.

Lightship Chesapeake & Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse - Baltimore, MD
Marking the entrances to the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays for almost 40 years, the Lightship Chesapeake features a masthead light, foghorn and bell which helped guide mariners to safe harbor, while its anchors held it in position defying the most violent storms and waves. Learn about the oldest “screwpile” lighthouse in Maryland while observing this historical structure.

Historic London Town and Gardens - Edgewater, MD
This 23-acre park located on the South River in Edgewater, Maryland, includes part of the late 17th and early 18th century town of London, which is currently being excavated by archaeologists from the Lost Towns Project. Visit the William Brown House, a National Historic Landmark house museum; an eight-acre woodland garden; and the Richard Hill Garden.

Concord Point Lighthouse - Havre de Grace, MD
Known as the never ending light, the Masonry tower located at Havre de Grace, Maryland, is one of the oldest lighthouses to be continuously lit. Enjoy a panoramic view of its quant scenery while learning about this historical landmark.

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