Cannon Ferry in Chowan County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Chowan River
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 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
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.
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.
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); War on the Chowan River (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); Gates County Courthouse (approx. 10.2 miles away); Reid's Grove School (approx. 11.3 miles away); A Rare Monument (approx. 12.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cannon Ferry.
Categories. • Environment • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 339 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 29, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.