Chesapeake, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Herring (Heron) Ditch
Erected 2003 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number WP 11.)
Location. 36° 40.875′ N, 76° 21.689′ W. Marker is in Chesapeake, Virginia. Marker is on Dismal Swamp Canal Trail 0.8 miles south of George Washington Highway (U.S. 17), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is located on what used to be old Rt 17. Marker is in this post office area: Chesapeake VA 23323, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dismal Swamp Canal (approx. 3.1 miles away); Village of Deep Creek (approx. 4.6 miles away); Justin Holland (approx. 4.9 miles away); Glencoe (approx. 5.3 miles away); North West Canal (approx. 5.4 miles away); Unknown and Known Afro-Union Civil War Soldiers Memorial (approx. 5.8 miles away); Norfolk County Almshouse (approx. 6.8 miles away); Liquid Highways (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chesapeake.
More about this marker. Enter from the parking area at the entrance of the City of Chesapeake's Dismal Swamp Canal Trail. No motorized vehicles are allowed. Enter on foot, bicycle, or horseback.
Regarding Herring (Heron) Ditch. The marker refers to Walter Herron, a stockholder in the Dismal Swamp Canal company. His Grandson, Walter Herron Taylor, (b. June 13, 1838 - d. March 1, 1916) was a native of Norfolk, VA. He was a local banker, lawyer, soldier, politician, author, and railroad executive. During the War Between the States, he served as General Robert E. Lee's Aide-de-Camp. Today, the City of Norfolk has an elementary school named after him in Norfolk's West Ghent neighborhood.
Also see . . . Dismal Swamp Canal Trail. City of Chesapeake, Virginia (Submitted on April 10, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Additional keywords. Dismal Swamp Canal
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Man-Made Features • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 8, 2011, by Larry Hazelwood of Chesapeake, Virginia. This page has been viewed 904 times since then and 55 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on April 8, 2011, by Larry Hazelwood of Chesapeake, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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