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Underground Railroad

  • 1246 Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, Chesapeake, VA 23322
  • Phone: (757) 382-6411


A place of refuge for freedom seekers.

Did you know that the Great Dismal Swamp is nationally recognized as part of the historic Underground Railroad Network? The vast swampland provided safe refuge for freedom seekers. Boats used for trade frequently sailed the Dismal Swamp Canal in the mid-1800s and tracking cargo and activity along these busy waterways wasn't easy. Enslaved people seeking freedom secured transit on these boats in the bustling traffic along the Dismal Swamp Canal.