There is a huge stack of new stamps this month.
- First the stamps for actual units of the National Park System:
- Waco Mammoth National Monument | Waco, TX
- Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area | LIttle Brewster Island
- Olympic National Park – Sol Duc Hot Springs
- Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore | N. Manitou Island
- Next are a number of stamps for Trails and Heritage Areas:
- Juan Bautista de Anza NHT | Big Break
- Juan Bautista de Anza NHT | Ford Ord NM
- Juan Bautista de Anza NHT | Monterrey, CA
- Trail of Tears NHT | Historic Blythe Ferry
- Belle Isle State Park
- Caledon State Park
- Chippokes Plantation State Park
- First Landing State Park
- Kiptopeke State Park
- Leesylvania State Park
- Mason Neck State Park
- Chickahominy Riverfront Park
- Henricus Historical Park
- James City County, VA
- Mathews, VA
- Reedville, VA
- Vienna, MD
- American Museum of Fly Fishing
- ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
- Green Mountain National Forest
- Saratoga National Historical Park
- Captain John Smith Chesapeake NHT |
- Champlain Valley National Heritage Parntership |
- Then there a group of stamps all issued for the same location:
- Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network | Port Tobacco, MD
- Potomac Heritage NST | Port Tobacoo, MD
- Star-Spangled Banner NHT | Port Tobacoo, MD
- Underground Railroad Freedom Network | Port Tobacco, MD
- Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route NHT | Port Tobacco, MD
- Finally, there are a few other new stamps to repot:
- Nine new stamps (one for each region) for National Park Travelers Club Member Meet-Ups
- Denali Park Kennels | Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area preserves almost all of the off-shore islands in Boston Harbor, including a few that are now connected to the mainland. The stamp for Little Brewster Island is the fifth active stamp for this park. It joins a stamp for “Boston, MA” on the mainland at Long Wharf in dowtown Boston, as well as stamps for Georges Island, Peddocks Island, and Spectacle Island. The 34 islands that comprise this park include a mix of natural scenery, historic resources related to 19th century harbor defenses, and outstanding recreational opportunities. Little Brewster Island is the most-distant of the four islands with stamps, located some 8 miles from downtown Boston.
(As a side note, it should be noted that Boston Harbor Islands NRA previously had a stamp for the Gateway Pavillion information center in downtown Boston, but that stamp has not been available since 2013. Meanwhile, according to the Park map there are Ranger Stations on at least four other islands, so this park may yet add additional stamps in the months and years to come.)
Olympic National Park is one of the true gems of the U.S. National Park System, located on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula. This stamp for the concessionarie at the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort is one of 14 cancellations available around this large national park. The Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort is located in the temperate forests on the northern side of the park in the valley of the Sol Duc River.
The new stamps for North Manitou Island at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore makes for five cancellations at this national park located on the shores of Lake Michigan in the western part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Three of those stamps are on the mainland, and now there is a stamp for both South Manitou Island and North Manitou Island located off-shore in Lake Michigan.
The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail connects sites in Arizona and California along the route taken by de Anza in 1776 to establish the settlement of San Francisco. Fort Ord National Monument was established by President Obama in 2012 on the former site of the military base of the same name on Monterey Bay. Thus, this month marks the first two stamps in the Passport Program to be located in the world-famous scenic destination of Monterey, California. The Big Break Regional Park preserves some of the land on the San Joaquin River Delta at the base of San Francisco Bay.
This month’stamp for the Historic Blythe Ferry is actually the third stamp for the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail to be located at Tennessee’s Cherokee Removal Park. It joins the existing stamps for Meigs County, TN and the stamp added last month for Cherokee Removal MEM Park. TN.
The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail marks Smith’s voyages of exploration in the Chesapeake Bay from 1607-1609. This month, stamps appear to have been added for just about every Virginia State Park located on the Chesapeake Bay. In addition, Chickahominy Riverfront Park is a local park located in James City County, Virginia. Henricus Historical Park commemorates a famous #2 – it recreates the second successful English settlement in the New World. It was established 80 miles up the James River in 1611 by settlers departing from Jamestown. Mathews County Virginia has a Visitor and Information Center for its network of water trails to explore. Reedville, Virginia is located at the end of Virginia’s Northern Neck, on the Chesapeake Bay. Its Fisherman’s Museum is also a stamping location for the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. Vienna, Maryland is the launching point for the Nanticoke River Water Trail, which runs along the Nanticoke River all the way into southern Delaware.
The Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership is a National Heritage Area program for the area around Lake Champlain on the New York – Vermont border, as well as areas to the south around the Champlain Canal and Lake George. These four additional stamps give it a total of nine passport locations. Of these four, only the ECHO Leahy Center at the ECHO Lake Aquarium in Burlington, Vermont is located on Lake Champlain itself. The Green Mountain National Forest is headquartered in Rutland, Vermont to the south, and the American Museum of Fly Fishing is even further south in Manchester, Vermont. Saratoga National Historical Park is an actual outright national park, and commemorates the decisive American victory that was the turning point of the American Revolutionary War. Through a quirk of overlapping designations, Saratoga NHP is actually part of three National Heritage Areas, as it is also included in the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.
The Thomas Stone National Historic Site is also an outright national park, located in the small town of Port Tobacco in southern Maryland. It preserves the home of one of Maryland’s signers of the Declaration of Independence. It probably would not have made it in to the National Park System on its own, but for the fact that the house was damaged by fire in 1977, and designation as a national park site the next year was about the only way to save it from the wrecking ball. The new stamps for the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail and Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail both replace existing stamps that were already at the site, reflecing both the site’s scenic location on the Potomac River and on the route of the British invasion of Maryland during the War of 1812. This site also had a generic stamp listing all the states of the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail, but this its first stamp specific to the site itself. This trail marks the route of American General George Washington and the French General Jean-Baptiste de Rochambeau from Newport, Rhode Island to Yorktown, Virginia at the end of the Revolutionary War. The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network and the Underground Railroad: Network to Freedom are two National Park Service partnership programs, reflecting this park’s location on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and as a former plantation were slaves lived, worked, and occasionally, escaped to freedom.
The National Park Travelers Club is a social Club that provides networking for Passport stamp collectors. They now have nine passport stamps that will be available at their member-meetups, one stamp for each Passport region.
Finally, Denali National Park & Preserve is the only national park that is patrolled by dogsled in the winter. In the summer, the dogsled kennels are open for tours and demonstrations. The National Park Service has a web page devoted to the kennels, including photos and bios of each of the sled dogs. A visit to the kennels here is truly a unique national parks experience! The addition of this stamp gives Denali National Park & Preserve a total of eight passport cancellations.
With this month’s numerous additions there are now 1,948 active Passport cancellations, or 1,851 excluding anniversary and special event cancellations.Share this Parkasaurus post: