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Cannon Ferry in Chowan County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Chowan River

 
 
The Chowan River Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, October 27, 2012
1. The Chowan River Marker
Inscription.  The Chowan River has played an important role in North Carolina’s history and economy. It is part of the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine System (the second largest estuarine system in the United States) and is one of the smaller basins in North Carolina, with only 1,378 square miles. All of the waters in the Chowan River Basin are free flowing or tidal freshwaters. Most of the surface water in this basin is derived from groundwater. Like the Roanoke River, the Chowan is a major contributor of fresh water to the Albemarle Sound.

As it skirts Holiday Island, the Chowan River widens to more than two miles when it finally spills into the Albemarle Sound near Edenton. The 50-mile long river has its beginnings far to the north in Virginia where Virginia’s Blackwater and Nottoway Rivers eventually merge to form the Chowan at the state line. In North Carolina, Northampton, Hertford, Gates, Bertie, and Chowan Counties surround the river.

A Great Resource — Past and Present

Important natural resources in the basin include wetlands, anadromous fish spawning areas and Merchant’s Millpond State Park. Large, awe-inspiring
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swamps of tupelo—gum and cypress trees fringe much of the shore and may extend far inland. These swamps, rich in wildlife, regulate and purify water flowing from land. Wetlands habitats in the basin provide flood control and safeguard wildlife habitat and water quality.

For centuries, the Chowan River provided food and a source for travel for the native Algonquin tribes and the earliest settlers. By 1831, the first steamships in America plied the river, dispatching passengers and freight for almost a hundred years. Today, the river continues to be a source of food, economy and recreation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1831.
 
Location. 36° 16.243′ N, 76° 40.352′ W. Marker is in Cannon Ferry, North Carolina, in Chowan County. Marker is on Cannons Ferry Road, 0.4 miles west of Dillard’s Mill Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tyner NC 27980, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Herring Fishing Industry (a few steps from this marker); The Cannon’s Ferry Community (within shouting distance of this marker); William P. Roberts (approx. 10.2 miles away); Gates County Confederate Monument (approx. 10.2 miles away);
The Chowan River Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, October 27, 2012
2. The Chowan River Marker
Gates County Courthouse (approx. 10.2 miles away); Reid's Grove School (approx. 11.3 miles away); In Memory of Lillie Essie Burke (approx. 12˝ miles away); In Honor of Beulah Elizabeth Burke (approx. 12˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cannon Ferry.
 
The Chowan River Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, October 27, 2012
3. The Chowan River Marker
J. Robert Hendrix Park and Cannon's Ferry Heritage River Walk image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher
4. J. Robert Hendrix Park and Cannon's Ferry Heritage River Walk
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 29, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 583 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 29, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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