Patuxent Encounters: The Patuxent Indians and Capt. John Smith
Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
This grant supports a collaborative effort with Native Americans and Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum to reconstruct a typical pre-European contact village of four longhouses overlooking the Patuxent River. The village will be critical in interpreting the everyday life of the Bays western shore indigenous people on the eve of Captain John Smith’s historic voyages. The project will serve as a backdrop for activities associated with The Captain John Smith 400 Project Voyages of Exploration. The reenactment of Smith’s voyage will include a scheduled stop at JPPM on August 5, 2007. A heritage tourism event, highlighting Native American culture will be presented with appropriate demonstrations, entertainment and observances. As a permanent immersive exhibit at JPPM, thousands of schoolchildren each year will have the opportunity to experience the lives of early Chesapeake Bay Native Americans. The village will be a focal point for Native American interpretation at JPPM along with fifteen new interpretive wayside exhibits, print and web materials.
Amount Funded: $110,000.00
Start Date: 08/25/2006