Historic Site

Great Dismal Swamp

3100 Desert Rd
Suffolk, VA 23434
United States

Located in the Coastal Plain region of southeastern Virginia and North Carolina, between Norfolk, Virginia, and Elizabeth City, North Carolina, the Great Dismal Swamp is protected by the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, created in 1974. This site was the refuge location for the Great Dismal Swamp Maroons, who were comprised of African Americans escaping slavery and Native Americans who were escaping colonial expansion. It was also the site of several American Revolution skirmishes.