A four-year old girl discovers why leaves change colors, a young farmer learns how to build a business in sustainable agriculture, a student sits in an 18th century farmhouse and touches history, an unemployed veteran finds respite by dangling a fishing line in the Potomac River–these are just a few of the transformative experiences visitors had at the Accokeek Foundation this year. As we celebrate the end of an exciting year marked by a successful change in leadership, we remain connected to our past and the people who led us here and look with hope to a future that includes the visionary support of people like you.
We think of the legacy of Frances Bolton, the remarkable congresswoman from Ohio who purchased and preserved this land more than 50 years ago. We think of our founders Henry Ferguson, Robert Ware Straus, and Charles Wagner and have an overwhelming sense of gratitude for their vision, wisdom, and persistence to preserve this land and George Washington’s view. We think of a long list of supporters and champions, from our friends at the National Park Service and in the halls of Congress to visionaries like the late Jean Wallace Douglas.
Together we are creating a new generation of stewards through the one-of-a-kind experience visitors have when they come here and reconnect with the land, the river, and that magical “sense of place” that a walk through Piscataway Park brings. The Foundation’s living, outdoor classroom experience connects people to their cultural past, present, and future–but only with your help!
Your year-end gift of $50, $100, or more will help us continue our mission of education, preservation, and stewardship. Every dollar of your contribution helps to steward this special place for future generations. Your support makes it possible for tens of thousands of visitors each year to enjoy the miles of trails that are habitat to wildlife and native plants, the acres of pastures that are “home” to our heritage animals, the personal experience with history at the National Colonial Farm, the river with its picturesque view of Mount Vernon (not to mention excellent fishing), and the fields where new farmers practice sustainable agriculture. Become a part of Frances Bolton’s vision.