Captain Moses Grandy

2018-02-07T19:36:50+00:00

Captain Moses Grandy Moses Grandy was born into slavery in Camden County in 1786 and as a child became very interested in maritime occupations.  As a result of his skills as a river ferryman, canal boatman, schooner deck man, and lighter captain, he became known as Captain Grandy.  William Grandy, a prominent slave owner in

Captain Moses Grandy 2018-02-07T19:36:50+00:00

New Brochures feature the Dismal Swamp & Camden County’s African American History

2018-01-23T18:53:51+00:00

New Brochures feature the Dismal Swamp & Camden County's African American History We’re excited to share two new publications featuring the Dismal Swamp and Camden County’s African American History! The historic Dismal Swamp Canal is prominently featured visually in the new National Park Service National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program’s brochure.  “Waterways served as

New Brochures feature the Dismal Swamp & Camden County’s African American History 2018-01-23T18:53:51+00:00

What’s on your Holiday Menu?

2017-12-22T16:54:58+00:00

What's on your Holiday Menu? By: Tara Turkey! Turkey! Turkey!   The big Thanksgiving feast is over and now we begin planning the next holiday meal.  Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah, or simply Family, it is time to start preparing.  Growing up, we would have either a turkey or a honey cured ham, usually covered

What’s on your Holiday Menu? 2017-12-22T16:54:58+00:00

Why “Dismal”?

2017-12-22T16:49:21+00:00

Why "Dismal"? How did the “Dismal” Swamp receive its name?  This is one of our most frequently asked questions at the Welcome Center and we enjoy enlightening others on this topic.  Those who have never visited the swamp often perceive it as a depressing and dreary place.  After spending a few minutes strolling the boardwalk

Why “Dismal”? 2017-12-22T16:49:21+00:00

Outlander and the Great Dismal Swamp

2017-10-19T20:26:59+00:00

Outlander and the Great Dismal Swamp By:  Tara On September 10, 2017, I was thrilled to attend the "Bookmarks: Festival of Books and Authors" at R. J. Reynolds Auditorium in Winston Salem, NC.  Diana Gabaldon, celebrated author of the Outlander series, was the keynote speaker.  There are currently eight books in the series, (we want

Outlander and the Great Dismal Swamp 2017-10-19T20:26:59+00:00

Why is it so green?

2017-10-04T14:27:16+00:00

Why is it so green? If you’ve visited a local pond during the summer months, you have likely noticed the carpet of green that covers most of the surface of the water.  The green is not algae, as most people might expect. The small light green and free floating pods are duckweed.  This plant floats

Why is it so green? 2017-10-04T14:27:16+00:00

Beauty Berries at the Swamp

2017-10-03T20:26:03+00:00

Beauty Berries at the Swamp Beauty Berries are very showy in the fall and not missed in wooded areas because of their bright magenta color. This perennial is seen throughout the Dismal Swamp and in local wooded areas.  The seeds and berries are food for many species of birds and the foliage is a favorite

Beauty Berries at the Swamp 2017-10-03T20:26:03+00:00

Beautiful Butterflies

2017-08-17T17:41:32+00:00

Beautiful Butterflies! A couple of weeks ago one of our fabulous Dismal Damsels (Miss Tara) noticed a cute and colorful caterpillar hanging out on her dill plant. This cute little guy came back to visit her recently as a beautiful black swallowtail butterfly! Black swallowtails are found throughout the eastern United States and will often

Beautiful Butterflies 2017-08-17T17:41:32+00:00