Accokeek Foundation

Accokeek Foundation People connected to the land and engaged in creating a sustainable world.
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As stewards of Piscataway Park–a national park located on the Maryland shoreline of the Potomac River–the Accokeek Foundation carries out its mission to cultivate a passion for the natural and cultural heritage of Piscataway Park and commitment to stewardship and sustainability through its innovative programs that reach thousands of school youth, engage hundreds of volunteers, and fosters a sense of community with visitors annually.

Check out this interview George Washington's Mount Vernon did with interpreter Sheila Arnold, who gives life to the voic...
02/06/2020
Finding Ona Judge's Voice with Sheila Arnold

Check out this interview George Washington's Mount Vernon did with interpreter Sheila Arnold, who gives life to the voice of Martha Washington's enslaved maidservant Ona Judge.

Black History is America's History and it's important to hear the voices, stories, and perspectives of the people that history all too often silences.

Conversations at the Washington Library is a weekly podcast about early American history and the people who teach it.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Homeschool Day in honor of #BlackHistoryMonth this morning! We have more black h...
02/05/2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Homeschool Day in honor of #BlackHistoryMonth this morning! We have more black history events planned for this summer, including the return of our Juneteenth tour, so make sure to follow our page for future event announcements. @ Piscataway Park / National Colonial Farm

Happy #groundhogday from this little fella hanging out in the Kitchen Garden! Groundhogs are one of Piscataway Park’s on...
02/02/2020

Happy #groundhogday from this little fella hanging out in the Kitchen Garden! Groundhogs are one of Piscataway Park’s only true hibernators. During hibernation a groundhog’s body temperature drops from 99 degrees to 40 degrees and its heart beat slows from 80 beats per minute to 5.

Accokeek Foundation
01/31/2020

Accokeek Foundation

Those 4th graders met Lucy, the momma of the first litter of piglets born this year! We love introducing students to the...
01/31/2020

Those 4th graders met Lucy, the momma of the first litter of piglets born this year! We love introducing students to the animals, and to Piscataway Park when they come here for field trips.

ICYMI: The Accokeek Foundation at the National Colonial Farm recently had piglets!

Our #BuddyBison 4th-grade students from Gaithersburg Elementary loved learning about colonial Maryland and were so excited to meet the animals!

Thank you Constellation for helping to make this special day possible! #KidsToParks #Outdoors #Education #History #constellationcommunitychampions

01/29/2020

These piglets are really “working” for the weekend. It’s not even quitting time yet and they’re already in a nap pile.

We had some difficult conversations about race and the environment in 2019. Conversations about the complicated history ...
01/20/2020

We had some difficult conversations about race and the environment in 2019. Conversations about the complicated history and complex relationships that have shaped our region and continue to influence our interactions with one another and the environment. And we're planning to continue these difficult conversations in 2020.

Because. They. Are. So. Important.

And because this landscape connects us and our stories.

Today is #MLKDay and as we get ready for another year of sharing Piscataway Park with each other, we're taking inspiration and guidance from Dr. King's Six Steps of Nonviolent Social Change (read more on The King Center's website).

These steps remind us to learn about each other, listen to perspectives that are not our own, take action when action is needed, and ultimately seek friendship and reconciliation as we start down the path of healing.

And the piglet count is up to 24. 🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽 (that’s a lot of little snouts).  @ Piscataway Park / Nationa...
01/17/2020

And the piglet count is up to 24. 🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽🐽 (that’s a lot of little snouts). @ Piscataway Park / National Colonial Farm

Thank you to Maryland Humanities for supporting our work! We’re excited for another round of Land and River conversation...
01/10/2020
Maryland Humanities

Thank you to Maryland Humanities for supporting our work! We’re excited for another round of Land and River conversations in 2020!

Congratulations to all our grantees this cycle! 🎉🎈🍾 We're happy to start the new year off supporting some great humanities projects.

We're awarding grants to: Accokeek Foundation. Baltimore School for the Arts, Banneker-Douglass Museum Foundation, Blair Network Communications, Docs In Progress, Hampton National Historic Site, The Lost Towns Project, Olney Theatre Center, Patapsco Heritage Greenway (part of Patapsco Valley Heritage Area), The Peale Center, Salisbury Middle, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Wicomico Public Libraries.

WE'RE HIRING!We're currently seeking candidates to apply for our new Farm Manager position and Seasonal Educator positio...
01/09/2020

WE'RE HIRING!

We're currently seeking candidates to apply for our new Farm Manager position and Seasonal Educator position.

More details about each job can be found at the link below. Know someone who you think would be perfect for the AF team? Share this post with them!

https://accokeekfoundation.org/careers/

01/09/2020

Nap time under the heat lamp. 😍😍

Stay warm and safe out there folks! The Accokeek Foundation offices at Piscataway Park have closed at 1 pm today due to ...
01/07/2020

Stay warm and safe out there folks! The Accokeek Foundation offices at Piscataway Park have closed at 1 pm today due to inclement weather and Federal Office closure policies.

Well, well, well. What do we have here? What we have is one new little piglet for each day of the new year. That’s right...
01/06/2020

Well, well, well. What do we have here? What we have is one new little piglet for each day of the new year. That’s right, friends. Last week our darling ossabaw Lucy gave us six new piglets to squee over. Enjoy.

Waking up to a new decade like...
01/01/2020

Waking up to a new decade like...

2019 was a great year at the Accokeek Foundation! Thank you to all of our visitors, volunteers, donors, students, and pa...
01/01/2020

2019 was a great year at the Accokeek Foundation! Thank you to all of our visitors, volunteers, donors, students, and participants who supported our work this year and shared stories and wisdom that will help lead us into the new decade.

12/31/2019

It’s your last chance to donate and support the Accokeek Foundation and Piscataway Park before we’re in a new decade!

Help us *keep the fires burning* (yeah, we know, ouch) in 2020 and beyond with a special #NewYearsEve gift.

And stay safe out there tonight while celebrating! Or cuddle up at home with this National Colonial version of a Yule log.

OMG! One of our supporters, Briel Banks, took the black and white holiday card we sent her and created this BEAUTIFUL wa...
12/30/2019

OMG! One of our supporters, Briel Banks, took the black and white holiday card we sent her and created this BEAUTIFUL watercolor. We're in ❤️.

Keep sending us all the arts.

Good morning, world! We hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season full of joy, love, and good food. It’s shaping ...
12/28/2019

Good morning, world! We hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season full of joy, love, and good food.

It’s shaping up to be a beautiful winter day in Piscataway Park, and we think a stroll through the park today will be the perfect way to keep those good feelings going. See you on the farm later!

Congrats to all of the students who presented their project plans! We had a wonderful time hosting this Landscape Archit...
12/17/2019

Congrats to all of the students who presented their project plans! We had a wonderful time hosting this Landscape Architecture class on a field trip out to Piscataway Park this fall.

University of Maryland students from Landscape Architecture (LARC 642) concluded their semester by presenting project plans and designs for the Piscataway Valley Greenway as a part of the Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS), collaborating with members of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation, and Accokeek Foundation. #UMDaginnovation

It's the last weekend of the year for programming in Piscataway Park and at the National Colonial Farm! On Sunday, learn...
12/14/2019

It's the last weekend of the year for programming in Piscataway Park and at the National Colonial Farm!

On Sunday, learn about the winter habits of the park's critters during a nature walk about hibernation (you may want to hibernate yourself this weekend, but trust us, it's worth the venture outside).

Also on Sunday, learn about historic holiday traditions while enjoying a cup of wassail next to the fire on the National Colonial Farm.

And don't forget to stop in the Visitor Center Gift Shop on SATURDAY and SUNDAY! We have a ton of unique gifts in stock, including a fresh-off-the-press 2020 calendar featuring the farm's animals. All proceeds from the calendar sale will benefit the 4-H livestock club. AND if you spend $20 this weekend, we'll throw in a free Sir Nigel collectible mug.

It's your last chance this year to visit the gift shop or sign up for a program, so we hope to see you in the park!

Today’s the day!! Nigel and his “elves” are busy with last minute preparations for tonight’s Winter’s Eve event. Hope to...
12/07/2019

Today’s the day!! Nigel and his “elves” are busy with last minute preparations for tonight’s Winter’s Eve event. Hope to see you all there!!

Accokeek Foundation's cover photo
12/04/2019

Accokeek Foundation's cover photo

Thank you to everyone who donated on #GivingTuesday! Through all of the various fundraising pages set up yesterday, you ...
12/04/2019

Thank you to everyone who donated on #GivingTuesday! Through all of the various fundraising pages set up yesterday, you donated $1,930!! That $1,930 will support programs like the Summer 2019 museum theater performance featuring the reunion of Cate Sharper with her son, Jack. These stories are so important, and with your support we'll be back to explore them in more depth in 2020.

Who's cuter? #BabyYoda or Baby Ossabaw?We know all of your disposable income is about to go to the purchase of the new B...
12/03/2019

Who's cuter? #BabyYoda or Baby Ossabaw?

We know all of your disposable income is about to go to the purchase of the new Baby Yoda merchandise, but if you can, please consider sparing $5 or $10 for a Baby Ossabaw by donating to our #GivingTuesday campaign.

#TheHamdalorian

Things that cause stress: Having to decide whether you should check something off of your to-do list (because the longer...
11/30/2019

Things that cause stress:
Having to decide whether you should check something off of your to-do list (because the longer you put things off the worse you feel) OR whether you should treat yo' self to some me-time (which you could REALLY use at the moment) and clear your mind for a while.

How we can help:
You don't have to choose! This #SmallBusinessSaturday you can have the best of both worlds—knock-out some of the holiday shopping you really need to do after you hit the trails and visit with the animals.

Stop by the Visitor Center in Piscataway Park between 10 am and 4 pm to grab some unique gifts for your friends and family. The shop has souvenirs, prints from local artists, historical toys, books, locally sourced beauty products, nature guides, t-shirts, hand-made wool products, and historical teas.

Everything you purchase helps support the Accokeek Foundation and the small businesses that sell their items in our gift shop.

If #BlackFriday is your thing, you do you. Go out there and get those deals. You deserve 'em! If the thought of hitting ...
11/29/2019
The Opt to Act Plan | REI Co-op Journal

If #BlackFriday is your thing, you do you. Go out there and get those deals. You deserve 'em!

If the thought of hitting the stores today gives you heart palpitations, then join us as we #OptOutside and take in the healing power of nature. The Visitor Center is closed today, but Piscataway Park and all of its trails will be open from dawn to dusk for anyone who wants to enjoy a little time outside before the end-of-year-hustle begins full-force.

Today is also the kick-off of REI's #OptToAct plan, which includes a 52-week plan of simple actions to reduce your impact, get active, and leave the world better than you found it.

This year, we're asking our members and employees to join the fight for life outdoors. Here are 52 simple weekly challenges for a year of action.

Happy #Thanksgiving! Please enjoy these 18th-century receipts (recipes) for some of your Thanksgiving favorites from Han...
11/28/2019

Happy #Thanksgiving! Please enjoy these 18th-century receipts (recipes) for some of your Thanksgiving favorites from Hannah Glasse's "The Art of Cookery, Made Plain and Easy." (https://amzn.to/2QUFSkT)

And if you actually end up following one of these babies to wow your family and friends, please let us know how that goes for you.

🦃🍂🥧

A post of #gratitude:Tomorrow, many of our staff members will be reuniting with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgi...
11/27/2019

A post of #gratitude:

Tomorrow, many of our staff members will be reuniting with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving. The looming get-togethers have us thinking about some other reunions that happened at the Accokeek Foundation this year.

This summer, for the first time ever, the historical interpretation team delved a bit deeper into what family life might have looked like for Cate Sharper (the enslaved woman whose story is portrayed on the National Colonial Farm).

During several powerful performances, the team reunited Cate with a sister she hadn't seen since she was a child and a son who had been sold away to another farm after a particularly bad crop of tobacco.

As Cate's story continues to evolve and more complexity is worked into the narrative our interpreters tell, the more authentic we can be to an American experience that is so often overlooked, brushed aside, or misrepresented.

So this year, we're #thankful for all of the Foundation's supporters, volunteers, donors, board members, visitors, and partners that make this important work possible.

We couldn't do it without you, so here's to you and the reunions that add complexity and authenticity to all of our stories.

Are you planning to #OptOutside this Friday? We know we are!
11/27/2019

Are you planning to #OptOutside this Friday? We know we are!

#FindYourChesapeake and #OptOutside this weekend with a brand new set of Trips and Tips around the #Chesapeake!

Hike at Calvert Cliffs State Park, take a guided bird walk at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Join a naturalist for a winter wonderland wetland tour after dark at Huntley Meadows Park, take a hike to the top of Maryland Heights at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, and more!

Choose to #OptOutside this Friday and explore the #ChesapeakeBay with even more featured trips and events below!

www.findyourchesapeake.com/trip-ideas/article/featured-events-this-week

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"Some Native Americans recognize Thanksgiving as a day of resistance - the Day of Mourning protest has been held at Plym...
11/25/2019
Racial Justice Resources for Thanksgiving — POC Online Classroom

"Some Native Americans recognize Thanksgiving as a day of resistance - the Day of Mourning protest has been held at Plymouth Rock since 1970, while Unthanksgiving has been held at Alcatraz since 1975. Other families, like my own, continue to celebrate but recognize that Thanksgiving - harvest feasts - were celebrated in the Americas long before colonizers were here. Even today, most “Thanksgiving foods” - turkey, cranberry sauce, wild rice stuffing, pumpkin pie - are Indigenous foods."

As you get ready for #Thanksgiving this week, remember to listen and honor indigenous voices and perspectives. And if you're not sure where to start, this article has some great resources to shore up your knowledge.

#NativeAmericanHeritageMonth

by Abaki Beck I grew up loving and celebrating Thanksgiving. Yet as a Native American, I was aware of the harsh differences between the actual history of Thanksgiving and what I was taught at school. In second grade, my teacher asked all students to come to school the day before Thanksgiving break

The dance portion is underway! But there’s still time for you to make it here for a jewelry making workshop at 2 pm and ...
11/23/2019
Accokeek Foundation

The dance portion is underway! But there’s still time for you to make it here for a jewelry making workshop at 2 pm and a pottery making workshop at 3 pm!!

Honor the past, present, and future of Piscataway heritage with this special "First Families of the Moyaone" weekend experience presented by Living the American Indian Experience. On November 23 and 24, enjoy demonstrations and hands-on workshops highlighting traditional and modern Piscataway culture.

Don't wait on the weather to purchase your tickets for First Families of the Moyaone! In the event of rain, festivities ...
11/22/2019

Don't wait on the weather to purchase your tickets for First Families of the Moyaone! In the event of rain, festivities or workshops will be held indoors where it's warm and dry.

Hope to see you all this weekend!

This summer, the interpretation team presented some really powerful stories, including a theater piece about the reunion...
11/19/2019

This summer, the interpretation team presented some really powerful stories, including a theater piece about the reunion between enslaved mother and son, Cate and Jack Sharper.

On Tuesday, December 3, we'll be raising funds on Facebook to help support this important work in 2020.

Save the date and join us for #GivingTuesday by making a donation. We'll share the link when it's time to give, so make sure to follow us on facebook, twitter, or instagram.

Accokeek Foundation's cover photo
11/18/2019

Accokeek Foundation's cover photo

"A fundamental ethic in Piscataway philosophy centers on reciprocity. We take care of each other. The land cares for you...
11/18/2019
Potomac Conservancy

"A fundamental ethic in Piscataway philosophy centers on reciprocity. We take care of each other. The land cares for you, you care for Mother Earth. All in balance."

Learn more about Piscataway Culture this weekend in Piscataway Park. Members of the Piscataway Conoy will be presenting demonstrations and workshops about dance, jewelry and pottery during First Families of the Moyaone on Saturday and Sunday.

#NativeAmericanHeritageMonth

"As Piscataway people, our identity merges entirely with the riverine environment and adapts to its changes. Piscataway translates to 'where the waters blend'.”

Indigenous scholar Gabrielle Tayac tells the story of a very special Potomac tributary>>

Today we honor all veterans and thank those who have served this country. But we also want to recognize the contribution...
11/11/2019
National Native American Veterans Memorial

Today we honor all veterans and thank those who have served this country. But we also want to recognize the contributions of indigenous peoples to the United States military. "Native Americans served in the post-9/11 period in a higher percentage than veterans of other ethnicities, 18.6 percent vs. 14 percent, respectively." Learn more and support the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian National Native American Veterans Memorial below.
#NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #VeteransDay

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) will establish a National Native American Veterans Memorial in the heart of Washington, DC.

Dr. Gabrielle Tayac wrote this piece in November 2015 as part of a "Piscataway Voices" blog series. It's been on our min...
11/08/2019
Piscataway Voices: Honoring Full Circle

Dr. Gabrielle Tayac wrote this piece in November 2015 as part of a "Piscataway Voices" blog series. It's been on our mind as we think about this weekend's Hands-On History about tobacco culture in Maryland. To the Piscataway people, tobacco is more than just a cash crop. It's a spiritually important plant that has been used in blessings and ceremonies for centuries. And some of these important ceremonies continue today. #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth

Nov192015Piscataway Indigenous CulturePiscataway Voices, Part 3 of 3 written by Gabrielle Tayac, Piscataway Indian Nation Gabrielle Tayac visits ancestral burial site in Piscataway Park. Photo by Edwin Remsberg, www.remsberg.com Golden autumn light, amplified through glowing leaves, cast surprisingl...

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3400 Bryan Point Road
Accokeek, MD
20607

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

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Great day on the farm!
Just left and babies 27, 19 and 24 were out running around. Was able to put 27 back into the gate but you the other cuties wanted nothing to do with it lol Just a heads up
Tomorrow evening is the Season Finale of the Homegrown Coffeehouse with Emily Henry and Susan Rowe! Come join us and bring some friends for a great evening in one of the best listening rooms around! Come and relax after the RIver Clean up. Doors open 6:30 PM.
Come join us for the season finale of the Homegrown Coffeehouse this Saturday 4/13/19. A nice way to relax after the River Cleanup with delicious homemade soups, breads and desserts and great music by Emily Henry and Susan Rowe. Come join us and bring a friend! https://www.facebook.com/events/1899333520142754/
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Tonight, Saturday 3/9/19, is the Homegrown Coffeehouse with the amazing Crys Matthews and we have Emi Delia doing an opening set-an incredible harpist and vocalist. Doors at 6:30PM; Homemade soups/bread/desserts available. Music starts at 7:15! See you there!
This Saturday, 3/9/19-the Homegrown Coffeehouse presents Crys Matthews and Emi Delia. Doors at 6:30, Music starts 7:15-9:15PM. Come join us and bring a friend! https://www.facebook.com/events/1954688861292538/
Looking for people who hung out in Accokeek Maryland, in 60’s !! Went to fire house dances. Looking for a guy named Jimmy, with blonde hair, slight buck tooth . He drove a ElCamino it may have been yellow. He was a real nice guy. Anyone know who he might be?
Thanks to the Accokeek Foundation for all that they do in educating people, particularly kids, about the lives of enslaved people. I bought a Cate Sharper doll and was able to give it to a co-worker whose family were enslaved in DC & MD. Thank you!
Singing carols around the bonfire at this past Winter's Eve event.
Now where is that chicken.......