Retracing History

Here’s a really cool article from about a group of explorers who are setting out to retrace Captain John Smith’s historic voyage to explore the Chesapeake Bay and its surrounding tributaries.

The crew set off in a ship that is an exact replica of the one that Smith used himself, and the 1500 mile journey is expected to take about 120 days. Their launch coincides with the opening of the Capt. John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, the first national historic water trail in the United States. It is also the 400th Anniversary of the founding of the Jamestown Colony, which you can find out more about over at National Geographic’s Jamestown site.

This sounds like another cool adventure for the sailors heading out to recreate this expedition. However, this is an adventure that we can recreate too. The water trail sounds like it’s tailor made for canoe and kayak camping. I’m also guessing it won’t be too long before someone set off to paddle the entire length of the trail.

Thanks Jason!

Update: Interested in helping out the planning for this historic trail? Then head over to to see how you can lend a hand. It’s a great opportunity for any of us to get involved with a very cool project.

Also, if you’re in the area and want to check conditions on the James River, you can do so at The Interpretive Buoy Site or by calling 1-877-BUOYBAY.

Thanks to the anonymous poster in the comments section for these!

Kraig Becker

3 thoughts on “Retracing History”

  1. The John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail is looking for folks interested in helping to plan the trail. For more info, check out the new trail website

    Also, you can see or hear live info on conditions on the James River at Jamestown from the Trail’s new interpretive buoy – or by calling

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