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Piscataway Park/National Colonial Farm

3400 Bryan Point Road
Accokeek, MD 20607
(301) 283-2113
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    Piscataway Park is at the heart of the Piscataway world. With its ample natural resources, this land has been home to Native American people for more than 400 generations. Today it remains the cherished homeland of the Piscataway people of Southern Maryland. The Piscataway people are alive and well. Like other modern Americans, many Piscataways have moved to far-flung places, but the heaviest concentration is still in Charles, Prince George’s, and St. Mary’s counties, particularly in La Plata and Brandywine. The Piscataway community has been growing in size since the nineteenth century. It is tied together by a common culture, by neighborhood connections in Southern Maryland, through lines of kinship extending to all Piscataway people, and by several tribal organizations. This 200 acre National Park is located in Accokeek, MD, on the shore of the Potomac River directly across from Mount Vernon. Our land serves as an outdoor classroom for educational programs, research, agricultural and conservation projects. The National Colonial Farm, an outdoor living history museum, was established by the Accokeek Foundation in 1958. The farm depicts life for an ordinary tobacco planting family in Prince George’s County in the 1770s. Historic sites like George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, represent what many believe life was like in the colonial period. However, large plantations were far from the norm. Very few colonists enjoyed such luxury. The majority were poorer planters, tenant farmers, indentured servants, and slaves. Skilled interpreters lead tours of the National Colonial Farm, highlighting the colonial structures, fields, gardens and animals. The park is free and open to the public year around. Activities include: picnic area, fishing, nature trails, kayaks, boat dock.