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Dismal Swamp

Dismal Swamp, The, a marshy tract lying a little south of Norfolk, in Virginia, and extending into South Carolina, having an area of 150,000 acres and a length of 30 miles, with an average width of 10 miles. It was covered by trees and brushwood, but parts of it are now cleared and drained. Drummond's pond, in the middle, is a lake 7 miles long. A canal passes through it from Chesapeake Bay to Albemarle Sound.