Tree dating at the great dismal swamp

The zoo has been a fixture of the Bertie County seat for more than 30 years. Parker’s Ferry can handle just two cars and no more than six passengers at a time. Emmett Wiggins bought it in 1955 and had it moved by barge to Edenton, where he made it his home until he died 40 years later. This theater, built in 1925, originally opened as an opera house. The town operates a free mini-zoo alongside a playground, housing dozens of animals from emus to donkeys to peacocks. The storefronts include an arcade, ice cream shop and the Smokehouse Grill Restaurant, which is packed on weekends. Calliotte also offers a scrumptious proper tea, putting out her great-grandmother’s hand-painted china and serving her own homemade treats – tiny sandwiches (the crusts cut off), scones and Devonshire cream, hand-rolled truffles, tarts with goat-cheese fillings and an array of sweets. There’s a colonial kitchen garden and a muscadine grape vineyard, as well as a visitor’s center, gift shop and a replica of an 18th-century dugout riverboat called the Periauger. A century ago, these crossings were a common sight along the wide rivers of Eastern North Carolina, but most have long since been replaced by bridges. This lighthouse was built in 1886 and for 68 years sat on pilings near Plymouth. In all the years since, no one has found much of anything else.

Spanish moss clings to their branches and their tangled, exposed roots.

Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, a remnant of ancient swampland in Calvert County, MD, is no exception.

The Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary is owned by the Nature Conservancy and managed by the Calvert County Division of Natural Resources.

The Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia has a rich legacy of ghost sightings dating back some 100 years.

The Great Dismal Swamp is vast and ancient, sprawling across the borders of Virginia and North Carolina.

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