Chesapeake, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Competition from the railways and the re-structured Dismal Swamp Canal Company signaled the downfall of the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal Company in 1910. By 1913, Congress, recognizing the economic value of an inland waterway along the East Coast, bought the canal, authorized the Atlantic lntracoastal Waterway and placed it under the control of the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
The Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal was made part of the Intracoastal Waterway in 1919. The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway allows vessels to go from Florida to Maine without the danger of ocean currents and weather. Today, a variety of vessels travel this liquid highway, from commercial barges to pleasure craft.
Erected by Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.
Location. 36° 43.419′ N, 76° 14.814′ W. Marker is in Chesapeake, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Locks Road 0.6 miles west of North Battlefield Boulevard (Virginia Route 168), on the left when traveling west. Touch 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 Iron Titans Tame the Marsh? Why Build a Canal Here? (here, next to this marker); What is a Lock? (here, next to this marker); Bridging the Past with the Present (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Great Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome (within shouting distance of this marker); Village of Great Bridge (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Under Two Flags (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chesapeake.
Also see . . .
1. Great Bridge Lock Park - Chesapeake, VA. Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network (Submitted on October 30, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Great Bridge Lock Park. City of Chesapeake (Submitted on October 30, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
3. Albemarle & Chesapeake Canal Historic District (pdf file). National Register of Historic Places (Submitted on October 30, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 567 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 30, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.