Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home, is surprisingly modest in terms of its size and presentation. The true grandeur of the first president’s estate is the view from the back porch.
Piscataway Park was established to protect this view of the Potomac River and the Maryland shore behind it. Over ten years, a series of easements were purchased to ensure that this pristine landscape would remain much as it appeared during Washington’s residency.
Six miles of Maryland shoreline now fall within the borders of Piscataway Park. The site stretches from Piscataway Creek to Marshall Hall, and encompasses fishing piers, wetlands, nature trails, and National Colonial Farm—a working farm.
Restricted development has made Piscataway Park a haven for birds and animals who rely on the river for their food. It’s not unusual now to see bald eagles, osprey, deer, and fox along the river’s edge.
Take a tour of National Colonial Farm, where traditional 18th-century farming practices are still used to raise heritage crops and livestock.
Set your boat or cast your line into the river at Farmington Landing Site or Marshall Hall. The boardwalk at Accokeek Creek is a great place to birdwatch.
Washington loved the view from his Virginia estate. Piscataway Park ensures that this scenic site will be protected for the enjoyment of visitors for years to come.