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

The Great Dismal Swamp

 
 
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By James Thomson
1. Great Dismal Swamp Marker
Inscription. William Byrd II visited the swamp, just to the south, in 1728 while he was surveying the boundary line between Virginia and North Carolina. Byrd, and later George Washington, advocated construction of a canal through the swamp. Washington and his partners purchased some 50,000 acres, began to log them, and built a ditch to transport the timber. The Dismal Swamp Canal Company, formed in 1787 to connect the Chesapeake Bay with Albemarle Sound, began construction in 1793 and completed the canal in 1805. In 1974, the U.S. Congress created the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge to protect the swamp's fragile ecosystem.
 
Erected 1998 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K 253.)
 
Location. 36° 44.818′ N, 76° 32.276′ W. Marker is in Suffolk, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Portsmouth Boulevard (U.S. 58 bus) and B Street, on the right when traveling west on Portsmouth Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is both east and west of B Street, which forms an arc around it. Marker is in this post office area: Suffolk VA 23434, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. East Suffolk School Complex (approx. 2.1 miles away); Nansemond Collegiate Institute
Great Dismal Swamp Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Thomson
2. Great Dismal Swamp Marker
(approx. 2.1 miles away); Pig Point Battery (approx. 2.4 miles away); Siege of Suffolk (approx. 2.4 miles away); Cedar Hill Cemetery (approx. 2.5 miles away); a different marker also named Siege of Suffolk (approx. 2.5 miles away); Spanish War Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.5 miles away); Early History of Suffolk (approx. 2.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Suffolk.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 23, 2011, by James Thomson of Chesapeake, United States. This page has been viewed 750 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 23, 2011, by James Thomson of Chesapeake, United States. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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