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Exploring the Bay

How many ways are there to explore the Chesapeake's influence? Visit the exhibits here to find out. Over time, look here for a continuing series of explorations - from Chesapeake Bay Lighthouses to Chesapeake Bay Workboats.

Chesapeake Bay Lighthouses
Chesapeake Lighthouses The Bay is 2,500 square miles of water, with nearly 12,000 miles of shoreline - more than the entire Pacific Coast from Mexico to Canada. From colonial times until the advent of modern satellite technology lighthouses literally rose to the challenge of guiding vessels through the Bay's channels and byways.
Chesapeake Bay Workboats
Chesapeake Bay Workboats The Bay's extensive shallows as well as its deeper, open waters have always beckoned to watermen in search of oysters, crabs, clams, and finfish. These diverse catches and operating conditions drove the evolution of classic Bay workboats, from log canoes to skipjacks and other craft that exemplify the Bay's unique maritime heritage.
Chesapeake Bay Waterfowl
Chesapeake Bay Waterfowl Strategically located along the Atlantic Flyway, the Chesapeake Bay's diverse habitats and food supply have attracted many resident waterfowl species as well as millions of migratory waterfowl in search of rest and food. In fact each year the Chesapeake Bay hosts about one-third of all migratory waterfowl wintering on the Atlantic coast.
Captain John Smith's Chesapeake Voyages
Captain John Smith's Chesapeake Voyages The story of John Smith's expeditions around the Chesapeake has become the stuff of legend, lore, and intensive research by scholars. Learn about Smith, his voyages, the boat he used and where to explore and learn more about his explorations.

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