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|Brief Description:||Piscataway Park 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.
|Location / Directions:||Take Exit 3A from the Capital Beltway (I-95) to Rt. 210-S (Indian Head Highway) 10 miles. After you pass Farmington Road, look for the National Colonial Farm sign. Go left at the first stop sign and right at the second stop sign onto Bryan Point Road. Follow Bryan Point Road approximately four miles to the end.|
|Address:||Piscataway Park |
3400 Bryan Point Road
Accokeek, MD 20607
|Visitor Phone:||(301) 283-2113|
Fishing; hiking; wildlife viewing; educational programs for all age groups on ecology, history, economics, and land stewardship; annual Winter and Summer Solstices events; Children’s Day in the spring and fall; walks to view the Bluebird’s return; annual Potomac River walk; annual Potomac River Clean-Up. Summer program “On the Potomac: Watershed Discovery At Its Best” offers physical access and interpretation for visitors traveling between Piscataway Park and Mount Vernon.
|Operating Hours:||Piscataway Park is open from dawn to dusk. National Colonial Farm offers programs to the public year round on the weekends. From mid-March to mid-December the Visitor Center and National Colonial Farm are open to the public from 10 AM - 4 PM, Tuesday through Sunday. Closed on Nov. 11 and Thanksgiving. School programs are available by reservation mid-March through mid-December: call 301-283-2113 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Fees:||National Colonial Farm: $2 for adults, 50 cents for children|
|Visitor Facilities:||National Colonial Farm; museum garden featuring plants from Native American, European and African cultures; Ecosystem Farm; fishing pier; visitor center; gift shop; picnic area|