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Hancock's Resolution Marks Capt. John Smith's Visit

The historic park held an event to commemorate the legendary captain's visit.

Residents of Pasadena have plenty of history right in their own backyard, and some of it was shared Sunday at Hancock's Resolution Historic Farm Park on Bayside Beach Road.

Because Sunday was Father's Day, people were asked to bring fathers to the farm park to learn about Smith, see flowers and plants, tour the house and spend time in the nature-filled setting.

June 22 to 24, 1608, marks the time when Capt. John Smith and his small crew arrived in an open boat and explored the waters of Bodkin Creek and the Magothy and Patapsco rivers, according to the organization's website, http://www.historichancocksresolution.org.

Kim Nielsen, a member of the Captain John Smith National Advisory Council and a Pasadena resident, gave visitors to the farm park history lessons on Smith's visits to this area of Maryland and Virginia.

Nielsen said some people are familiar with Smith through the Walt Disney animated classic, "Pocahontas."

Nielsen said Smith explored waterways to try to get to Asia.

"He explored all areas of the bay (Chesapeake) looking for a way to China," he said.

Smith and his crew went up to Havre de Grace in northern Maryland to try to get to China as well.

The visits by Smith and his small crew were the basis for the establishment of the John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, which is overseen by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior, according to the farm park's website.

According to the U.S. Department of Interior, some of Smith's routes may be followed, but planning for the trail is ongoing.

"Planned water and land excursions will foster new perspectives on the bay and its diverse ecology. Interpretive materials will guide visitors through the bay experience, and interactive buoys, interpretive kiosks and maps and guides will help travelers understand and navigate the rich historical land and seascapes," according a USDI brochure.

In addition to Nielsen's presentation, visitors to the farm park could buy homemade jelly made with fruit from the onsite garden, buy floating keychains and view the children's National Geographic book, "John Smith Escapes Again!," by Rosalyn Schanzer.

Docent Susan Morrison said she loves the book's illustrations, also by Schanzer. 

The next event regarding Hancock's Resolution will be the June 22 annual meeting of Friends of Hancock's Resolution at Kurtz's Beach in Pasadena.

On July 3, the farm park will feature a patriotic program for people of all ages. It will be a historic U.S. and Maryland flag presentation with an interactive exploration of national symbols, monuments and etiquette. Patriotic music is planned during the event.

For more information about Hancock's Resolution, call 410-255-4048 or view the organization's website.

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