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Across the canal lies the US Fish & Wildlife Service's Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.
The Great Dismal Swamp was once a vast ecosystem that covered as much as one million acres of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Caro…
The walking path you are standing on right now has quite a history.
In 1804, it was a tow road on the eastern bank of the canal, where laborers, using long wooden poles, ropes or mules, pushed loaded barges full of shingles, lumber, corn husks,…
Between 1793 and 1814, the grueling, brutal job of digging this twenty-three mile canal was done by slave labor.
Dense underbrush, insects, venomous snakes and bears made the Great Dismal Swamp an "awesome and terrible place."
marks the Battlefield of
Dec 9 1775
was moved to this location
December 9, 1964
on the 189th anniversary of
The Battle of Great Bridge.
The site of
the battle was approximately
In 1906, Norfolk County built a four room brick school house, "The Great Bridge School", to educate elementary and high school students. Graduating its first class in 1911, the name was changed to Great Bridge High and Grammar School in …
(main legend, lower right corner) The Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, a former section of Virginia State Route 17, is now a multi-purpose, linear, nature trail and park traversing some of the most uniquely historic and ecologically significant habitats …
Site of the
Nansemond Indian Public School #9
Norfolk County School District #1
Dedicated July 28, 1985
Justin Holland was a 19th-century pioneer African American of the classical guitar, community leader, and abolitionist. Born in Norfolk County about 1819, he left for Massachusetts in 1833. There he took music lessons and learned to play the guita…
In 1908, the first long-term Polish settlement in Virginia was established in Norfolk County, now Chesapeake. The Piast colony, named for Poland first royal dynasty, was called Sunray after the Virginia Railway Company depot that opened here in 19…
This memorial is the first and only memorial of its kind in the Commonwealth of Virginia dedicated to honor Afro-Union patriot heroes. It is located in the northeast section of the Sgt. March Corprew Family Memorial Cemetery.
Sgt. March Corprew…