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  Great Dismal Swamp - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Great Dismal Swamp is located in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina in the United States on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean.
The Great Dismal Swamp is a marshy region on the Coastal Plain of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina between Norfolk, Virginia, and Elizabeth City, North Carolina in the United States.
This was the subject of Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp, Harriet Beecher Stowe's follow-on to Uncle Tom's Cabin.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Great_Dismal_Swamp   (1251 words)

  
 Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1974 to help protect and preserve a portion of the Great Dismal Swamp, a marshy region on the Coastal Plain of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina between Norfolk, Virginia, and Elizabeth City, North Carolina in the United States.
The Great Dismal Swamp is a southern swamp, the one most north of many along the Atlantic Ocean's coast that includes the Everglades and the Big Cypress in Florida, the Okefenokee, the Congress and Four Holes swamps of South Carolina, and some of the Carolina Bays.
After centuries of logging and other human activities which were devastating the swamp's ecosystems, in 1973, the Union Camp Corporation donated 49,100 acres (199 km²) of land; the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge was officially established by the U.S. Congress through The Dismal Swamp Act of 1974.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Great_Dismal_Swamp_National_Wildlife_Refuge   (618 words)

  
 Great Dismal Swamp: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Dismal swamp canal is located along the eastern edge of the great dismal swamp in virginia and north carolina in the united states....
The great dismal swamp national wildlife refuge was created in 1974 to help protect and preserve a portion of the great dismal swamp, a marshy region on the...
Lake drummond is located at the center of the great dismal swamp, a marshy region on the coastal plain of southeastern virginia and northeastern north...
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/g/gr/great_dismal_swamp.htm   (3254 words)

  
 VIRGINIA
Great Dismal Swamp was long subjected to and greatly impacted by drainage and numerous timber harvesting activities.
Great Dismal Swamp, the nine latter refuges, and other points of interest are linked together by an interpretive driving route known as the Charles Kuralt Trail (see further description in the Mattamuskeet refuge text).
Access to Great Dismal Swamp refuge from Suffolk is south on U.S. Route 13 (Washington Street), left seven miles on State Route 642 (White Marsh Road), and left (east) on the Washington Ditch entrance road, to the boardwalk trail.
www.defenders.org /habitat/refuges/map/va.html   (1302 words)

  
 Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, a Virginia State Park near Bowers Hill, Chesapeake, Fentress, Newport ...
The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is located in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.
The swamp is an integral part of the cultural history of the region and remains a place of refuge for both wildlife and people.
The eastern side of the refuge is bound by the Dismal Swamp Canal, operated by the Army Corps of Engineers.
www.stateparks.com /great_dismal_swamp.html   (425 words)

  
 GORP - Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia
George Washington first visited the swamp in 1763 and organized the Dismal Swamp Land Company that was involved in draining and logging portions of the swamp.
Logging of the swamp proved to be a successful commercial activity, with regular logging operations continuing as late as 1976.
A drier swamp and the suppression of wildfires, which once cleared the land for seed germination, created environmental conditions that were less favorable to the survival of cypress and cedar stands.
gorp.away.com /gorp/resource/us_nwr/va_great.htm   (1408 words)

  
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The Dismal Swamp and the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canals
Harriet Beecher Stowe patterned her main character in the novel, "Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp," on one of Strother's sketches.
The Dismal Swamp Canal is the oldest operating artificial waterway in the United States.
www.nao.usace.army.mil /pao/brochure.asp   (2363 words)

  
 Great Dismal Swamp   Location
The Great Dismal Swamp encompasses more than 100,000 acres of wilderness and largely inaccessible swamp forest in North Carolina and Virginia.
This IBA includes the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and Dismal Swamp State Natural Area, which lie in a flat basin just east of the Suffolk Scarp, on the Virginia-North Carolina line.
Protection Status: The majority of the Great Dismal Swamp is in public ownership and under the jurisdiction of a state or federal agency.
www.ncaudubon.org /IBAs/Coast/great_dismal_swamp.htm   (505 words)

  
 TimesDispatch.com | Swamp magic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Deep in the swamp, the woods are thick and quiet, the hush broken only by a mouthy bird or frog, a plane passing overhead or a mosquito roaring in for a landing in your ear.
The swamp is carved up with a series of ditches, originally dug to help drain the Great Dismal and make it more accessible for logging.
The future of the Great Dismal began looking brighter in 1973 when the Union Camp Corp. donated almost 50,000 acres of land to The Nature Conservancy, which was then transferred to the U.S. Department of Interior and the federal refuge was established.
www.timesdispatch.com /servlet/Satellite?pagename=RTD/MGArticle/RTD_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1031771160916&path=   (1782 words)

  
 Dismal Swamp, Canoeing Sketches, by John Boyle O'Reilly, 1890
Swamp of Virginia and North Carolina is one of the celebrated features of the American continent.
He keeps in the swamp probably one hundred men or more, in different gangs, cutting juniper and cypress, which they drag by mules over the "gum roads" to the lake, whence it is lightered through the Feeder to the Dismal Swamp Canal, and by this means carried to the saw-mill at Deep Creek.
All the snakes of the Dismal Swamp are shy and timid.
www.ibiblio.org /eldritch/jbo/dismal.htm   (18221 words)

  
 Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp
Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp is the second novel from American author Harriet Beecher Stowe.
He lives in the Great Dismal Swamp, preaching angry and violent retribution for the evils of slavery and rescuing escapees from the dog of the slavecatchers.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Dred:_A_Tale_of_the_Great_Dismal_Swamp   (419 words)

  
 North Carolina - Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and State Natural Area
The swamp is now dominated by second-growth trees and the cypress, gum, and Atlantic white cedar are found only in isolated stands.
The swamp is home to a wide variety of reptiles and amphibians, and a diversity of mammals, including fl bear, bobcat, river otter, and several bat species.
The Dismal Swamp Canal Visitor Center is the easiest access point for this area in North Carolina.
www.nature.org /wherewework/northamerica/states/northcarolina/preserves/art5602.html   (497 words)

  
 The Great Dismal Swamp - Northeast North Carolina   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The sea was a result of the melting glaciers of the great ice age.
It was reported that Blackbeard sailed near the Dismal and filled his barrels with the swamp's water.
It was under these conditions the swamp became inhabited by shingle and gutter cutters and lumbermen.
www.northeast-nc.com /dismalswamp   (752 words)

  
 The Great Dismal Swamp: A History - Gates, Pasquotank and Camden Counties ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Lumbering continued in the Swamp and by the 1950's the last 20,000 acres of virgin timber were removed.
In 1973, Union Camp donated its Virginia swamp holdings to the Nature Conservancy which, in turn, deeded it to the Department of the Interior for creation of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.
The amber-colored water is preserved by tannic acids from the bark of the juniper, gum and cypress trees, prohibiting growth of bacteria.
www.albemarle-nc.com /gates/greatdismal   (582 words)

  
 Great Dismal Swamp - VA
Lake Drummond, in the middle of the Swamp, is a nearly circular lake- about 2 1/2 miles across.
Uncounted slaves preferred the swamp to the plantation.
Swamp canal visitor center (info, restrooms) is a couple miles south of the state line in NC.
www.paddling.net /places/showReport.html?79   (389 words)

  
 Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge - Gates, Pasquotank and Camden Counties ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Located in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge was formed in 1974 when Union Camp Corporation donated 49,100 acres of forested wetlands to The Nature Conservancy.
The Great Dismal has been drastically altered by humans over the past two centuries.
Many ornithologists trek through the Swamp in search of over 200 species of birds identified on the Refuge since its establishment; 96 of these species have been reported as nesting on or near the Refuge.
www.albemarle-nc.com /gates/gdsnwr   (691 words)

  
 Dismal Swamp   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The Great Dismal Swamp occupies an area of about 10 by 20 miles (200 square miles) in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.
Although farming and logging has stopped, the water in the swamp is still being used for maintaining water levels in the nearby Intracoastal Waterway, draining water from the swamp during its own most critical periods: droughts.
The swamp is inaccessible except on trails along the drainage canals and some previous logging roads that are now being maintained for access.
www.waterlandfarm.com /Dismal_Swamp.htm   (333 words)

  
 Carolina Living - History of Carolina Rivers
Swamps such as the Congaree and the Great Dismal flanked the rivers of the Carolinas.
Marion was nicknamed "The Swamp Fox" because he successfully used the swamps to outwit the British.
Reportedly, in the early twentieth century, a 1,600-year-old cypress tree was cut for lumber in the Santee swamps.
www.carolinaliving.com /visiting/history_rivers.asp   (1432 words)

  
 Maroon Sites in the National Wildlife Refuge, Great Dismal Swamp
The Great Dismal Swamp, straddling the eastern border of Virginia and North Carolina, is an ecological and cultural artifact of early African-American life in the New World.
The extent to which the dimensions of the Great Dismal Swamp were unknown or largely not agreed upon is illustrated by descriptions in two North Carolina school textbooks printed in 1815.
Although considerable evidence supports the presence of maroons in the Great Dismal Swamp in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the nature of the evidence differs greatly from one century to the other.
www.geocities.com /dismalswamphistory   (9626 words)

  
 Current Use   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The three main focuses of the swamp are the water resources, plant communities and wildlife communities.
With 96 of these species of birds making their home in the Great Dismal Swamp, it is hard not to see a few beautiful birds while you visit the refuge.
Hunting is an important part of the swamps management because it regulates the size of the deer populations.
www.uvm.edu /~cgolkin/nr260/currentuse.html   (921 words)

  
 AmericanHeritage.com / THE GREAT DISMAL SWAMP
Vast and ancient, sprawling across the borders of Virginia and North Carolina, the Great Dismal Swamp is one of the largest natural areas on the East Coast, encompassing some 170 square miles.
Simpson grew up near the North Carolina edge of the swamp, and when he isn’t teaching creative writing at the University of North Carolina or playing with his bluegrass band, The Red Clay Ramblers, he can often be found deep in the Great Dismal.
In Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp, her 1856 follow-up to Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the fictional son of the real-life insurrectionist Denmark Vesey escapes slavery, takes refuge in the Great Dismal, and is tracked down by slave hunters.
www.americanheritage.com /articles/magazine/ah/2002/2/2002_2_66.shtml   (3363 words)

  
 Cotton mice, Peromyscus gossypinus, in the Great Dismal Swamp
Cotton mice, Peromyscus gossypinus, in the Great Dismal Swamp
Five Peromyscus gossypinus were caught in the Dismal Swamp proper, and 42 were caught in the Chowan Swamp adjacent to the Dismal Swamp.
On April 26 and 27, 1990, we trapped in the Dismal Swamp along Highway 158 from 6.3 to 10.6 km east of Highway 32 (east of Sunbury, Gates Co., N.C.) for 587 trapnights.
www.birdandhike.com /jlboone/papers/Dismal/Dismal.htm   (1301 words)

  
 Great Dismal Swamp Boardwalk Project
The Dismal Swamp Boardwalk Project was completed and dedicated by Elizabeth City State University in the spring of 1994.
Evidence from geology and fossil plants indicate that the Dismal Swamp began forming at the close of the Pleistocene Ice Age around 12,000 years ago.
The last great ice advance of the Pleistocene was coming to an end, and the climate slowly began to warm.
members.tripod.com /abyssal_night/dismalswamp.html   (258 words)

  
 ECSU Headlines
Simpson, who grew up in Elizabeth City, is the author of The Great Dismal: A Carolinian’s Swamp Memoir and member of the Tony Award-winning band, the Red Clay Ramblers.
In 2003, the Great Dismal Swamp was included on the National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program, due in great part to the work of Wanda Hunt-McLean of Elizabeth City State University.
It is documented that the Great Dismal Swamp was used by more escaping slaves than any other swamp, forest, or pocosin in the South.
www.ecsu.edu /headlinetemplate.cfm?ID=750   (1017 words)

  
 Bird Checklists of the United States
Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, established by Congress in 1974, consists of almost 107,000 acres of forested wetlands.
Birding is popular in the Swamp from April through June, but is best from mid-April to mid-May, the peak of the spring migration.
Great Dismal Swamp is one of over 500 refuges in the National Wildlife System administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
www.npwrc.usgs.gov /resource/othrdata/chekbird/r5/dismal.htm   (554 words)

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