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Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

  • 3100 Desert Road
  • Suffolk, VA  23434
  • Phone: (757) 986-3705
  • Fax: (757) 986-2353
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The Great Dismal Swamp, located in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina has long been recognized as a mysterious place and a place in which people have easily lost their way. During slavery, many African Americans used the Great Dismal Swamp as a means to find their freedom. Because of this, in 2003, the Great Dismal Swamp became the first National Wildlife Refuge to be officially designated as a link in the "Underground Railroad Network to Freedom".

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