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Chesapeake, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Welcome

To the Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways Park and Visitor Center

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, October 28, 2011
1. Welcome Marker
Inscription.
The Battle of Great Bridge, in 1775, influenced everything you see today. Location, lives and legends are all here.

A. Great Bridge Lock Park
Enjoy a boat ramp, playground, picnic shelters and the many inviting vistas. Walk the nature trail and discover the scenic Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. While you’re here, visit the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal Observation Platform, and watch the canal’s unique lock mechanism in action.

B. Albemarle & Chesapeake Canal Observation Platform
Discover how the opening of the A&C Canal, in 1859, saved time, money and lives and today serves as a gateway to Hampton Roads and the Chesapeake Bay. Thousands of commercial and pleasure craft make their way through a unique lock system into the Chesapeake Bay watershed each year on this “liquid highway.”

C. Battlefield Park North
(Proposed future development)
Future development of this heritage trail will allow you to witness the historic importance of this place. It was here on the morning of December 9, 1775, that British and Patriot forces faced each other across the “Great Bridge,” both willing to fight to the death to hold this important supply line from southeastern North Carolina to Norfolk
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2. Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways Park Map
and beyond.

D. Battlefield Marsh View
(Proposed future development)
Be sure to walk the ½-mile self-guided nature trail and be transported back in time. You might see and hear some of the same types of birds and plants the soldiers did 200 years ago and may understand why the “Great Bridge,” over this formidable marshland was crucial to those who fought here on that December morning in 1775.

E. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Pivot Pier
Take some time to stand out over the canal and watch each 250-ton cantilever bridge “leaf” open and close on this 5-lane bascule bridge, under which thousands of pleasure and commercial craft pass each year.

F. Battlefield Park South
(Proposed future development)
On the south end of the causeway, the colonial forces made their camp almost within gunshot of the British post to the north. To protect themselves, they engineered a breastwork . . . enjoy watching the future progress of reconstructing this great example of military engineering.

G. Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways Visitor Center
(Proposed future development)
The Visitor Center will be the spot to discover how and why this place and its people influenced the founding of America and became a commercial gateway to Hampton Roads, the
Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways Park and Visitor Center Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 28, 2011
3. Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways Park and Visitor Center Markers
Chesapeake Bay and the world.

H. Albemarle & Chesapeake Canal Trail
(Proposed future development)
Stroll along the historic Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal. Dug by steam dredges called “Iron Titans,” the 1859 opening of this canal was not only a technological and engineering marvel for its time, it changed the face of commerce in Hampton Roads.

A perfect blending of the past and present, the park offers a variety of venues for you to discover the history, ecology and natural beauty of this place.
 
Erected by Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.
 
Location. 36° 43.429′ N, 76° 14.788′ W. Marker is in Chesapeake, Virginia. Marker is on Locks Road 0.6 miles west of North Battlefield Boulevard (Virginia Route 168), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Located in Great Bridge Lock Park. Marker is in this post office area: Chesapeake VA 23320, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Battle of Great Bridge (here, next to this marker); Bridging the Past with the Present (here, next to this marker); What is a Lock? (within shouting distance of this marker); Why Build a Canal Here? (within shouting distance of this marker); The Iron Titans Tame the Marsh? (within shouting distance of this marker); Liquid Highways (within shouting distance of this marker); Village of Great Bridge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Under Two Flags (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chesapeake.
 
Also see . . .
1. Project Overview: The Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways Historic Park & Visitor Center. The Great Bridge Battlefield and Waterways History Foundation (Submitted on October 30, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Great Bridge Lock Park - Chesapeake, VA. Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network (Submitted on October 30, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. Great Bridge Lock Park. City of Chesapeake (Submitted on October 30, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

4. Albemarle & Chesapeake Canal Historic District (pdf file). National Register of Historic Places (Submitted on October 30, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US RevolutionaryWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 548 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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