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

North West Canal

 
 
North West Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Chris Bieber, September 14, 2010
1. North West Canal Marker
Inscription. Approved by the Virginia General Assembly in 1818, the North West Canal was constructed by the Dismal Swamp Canal Company between 1828 and 1830. The canal was intended for carrying timber and farm products between the Dismal Swamp Canal and the Northwest River and as an alternate route to the Atlantic Ocean via the Currituck Inlet; however, the silting of the inlet in 1837 eliminated this latter use. The canal was about 24 feet wide and 4 feet deep and extended nearly 7 miles. It fell into disuse during the Civil War and by 1871 a drought necessitated the closing off of the canal to conserve water.
 
Erected 2003 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number WP-12.)
 
Location. 36° 36.313′ N, 76° 22.883′ W. Marker is in Chesapeake, Virginia. Marker is on Old U.S. 17, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Travel south from Chesapeake to Ballahack Road, then turn north on the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail to the marker near the south trailhead for the DSCT. Marker is in this post office area: Chesapeake VA 23322, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Glencoe (within shouting distance of this marker); Dismal Swamp Canal (approx.
North West Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Chris Bieber, September 14, 2010
2. North West Canal Marker
2.3 miles away); Outliers (approx. 2.6 miles away); From Towpath...to Highway...to "Toe" path (approx. 4.1 miles away); Herring (Heron) Ditch (approx. 5.4 miles away); Dismal Swamp Canal Trail (approx. 5.6 miles away); Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (approx. 5.8 miles away); Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery (approx. 7.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chesapeake.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Dismal Swamp Canal
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
Great Dismal Swamp - North West Canal image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 28, 2011
3. Great Dismal Swamp - North West Canal
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 10, 2010, by Chris Bieber of Chesapeake, Virginia. This page has been viewed 770 times since then and 35 times this year. Last updated on March 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 10, 2010, by Chris Bieber of Chesapeake, Virginia.   3. submitted on October 30, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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