Dismal Swamp

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Dis·mal Swamp

or Great Dis·mal Swamp  (dĭz′məl)
A swampy region of southeast Virginia and northeast North Carolina. George Washington surveyed the Dismal Swamp in 1763. Much of the heavily forested area has been drained and cleared for agriculture.

Dismal Swamp


Great Dismal Swamp

(Placename) a coastal marshland in SE Virginia and NE North Carolina: partly reclaimed. Area: about 1940 sq km (750 sq miles). Area before reclamation: 5200 sq km (2000 sq miles)

Dis′mal Swamp′

a swamp in SE Virginia and NE North Carolina. ab. 30 mi. (48 km) long; ab. 600 sq. mi. (1500 sq. km).
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In such a Dismal Swamp does the new house stand, and through it does the Secretary daily struggle breast-high.
Nevertheless the sun hides not Virginia's Dismal Swamp, nor Rome's accursed Campagna, nor wide Sahara, nor all the millions of miles of deserts and of griefs beneath the moon.
These are chiefly landscapes of an imaginative cast-such as the fairy grottoes of Stanfield, or the lake of the Dismal Swamp of Chapman.
Far through unfrequented woods on the confines of towns, where once only the hunter penetrated by day, in the darkest night dart these bright saloons without the knowledge of their inhabitants; this moment stopping at some brilliant station-house in town or city, where a social crowd is gathered, the next in the Dismal Swamp, scaring the owl and fox.
Yes, though you may think me perverse, if it were proposed to me to dwell in the neighborhood of the most beautiful garden that ever human art contrived, or else of a Dismal Swamp, I should certainly decide for the swamp.
A dismal swamp, on which the half-built houses rot away: cleared here and there for the space of a few yards; and teeming, then, with rank unwholesome vegetation, in whose baleful shade the wretched wanderers who are tempted hither, droop, and die, and lay their bones; the hateful Mississippi circling and eddying before it, and turning off upon its southern course a slimy monster hideous to behold; a hotbed of disease, an ugly sepulchre, a grave uncheered by any gleam of promise: a place without one single quality, in earth or air or water, to commend it: such is this dismal Cairo.
and is brewed in a midnight fog by a fat which of the Dismal Swamp.
The area surrounding the hangar originated as a shipping center due to its location along the Dismal Swamp Canal and its proximity to the Pasquotank River and the Albemarle Sound, serving first as a mercantile city before developing into an industrial one.
That being said, Finney acknowledges that some environmental spaces do not bring about this trepidation because of the historical context and collective memory, such as the Great Dismal Swamp and American Beach.
Contract Awarded for Maintenance dredging atlantic intracostal water, dismal swamp canal and feeder ditch, chesapeake, virginia.
Wizards, Beavers, and Such" is the first volume of a projected three volume series about three fictional characters moving south from the Great Dismal Swamp, seeking a better place to live.
In 1922, The New York Times reported that a 4-foot alligator, which Ware residents had reported seeing in Dismal Swamp and dubbed Socrates, had been captured.