Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal

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Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal Historic District
Great Bridge, Bridge (080115-A-5177B-001).jpg
The Great Bridge over the Canal
Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal is located in Virginia
Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal
Location Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, Chesapeake (Independent city), Virginia
Coordinates 36°43′34″N 76°6′33″W / 36.72611°N 76.10917°W / 36.72611; -76.10917Coordinates: 36°43′34″N 76°6′33″W / 36.72611°N 76.10917°W / 36.72611; -76.10917
Area 1,704 acres (690 ha)
Built 1775
Governing body Federal
NRHP Reference # 04000035[1]
VLR # 131-5333
Significant dates
Added to NRHP February 11, 2004
Designated VLR December 3, 2002[2]

The Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal was built by a corporation in 1856-1860 to afford inland navigation between the Chesapeake Bay and the Albemarle Sound. It is really two canals, thirty miles (50 km) apart, one eight and one-half miles (13.7 km) long, connecting the Elizabeth River with the North Landing River in Virginia, and the other five and one-half miles (8.9 km) long, connecting the Currituck Sound with the North River in North Carolina.[3]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.[1]


  • Dictionary of American History, by James Truslow Adams, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Geoffrey Henry (July 2003). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources.  and Accompanying four photos and Accompanying maps