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Captain John Smith to be at Kid’s Explorer Day

Kid’s Explorer Day, to be hosted by Holly Point Nature Park and the Deltaville Maritime Museum on Saturday, July 11, will feature a retelling of the “Stingray Point Story” by John Smith and his crew. Parents and kids of all ages are invited to attend.

Despite accusations of mutiny on the voyage to Virginia, John Smith was chosen to help found and lead the colony of Jamestown. After completing the fort, Smith and a small crew left on his shallop to survey the Chesapeake Bay. He traveled around the Bay and into its four major rivers, then called the Powhatan, Pamunk, Tappahannock, and Patowomec (now called the James, York, Rappahannock and Potomac). His map of the region proved remarkably accurate and many of the names he marked have remained today.

Smith named Stingray Point in Deltaville after a near-death encounter with the fish, which he ate for dinner after his recovery.

Captain Smith himself will tell this tale beginning at 10 a.m. and again between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. for the audience at Kid’s Explorer Day. Pirates also will teach a “Scalawag School” and challenge participants to find their buried treasure.

In between the fun and adventure, Billz Bistro will sell hot dogs, hamburgers, and soft drinks.

Holly Point Nature Park and the Deltaville Maritime Museum are on Jackson Creek Road in Deltaville. For more information, visit

posted 07.02.2009

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