Welcome to Chesapeake a small coastal city in Virginia. While you are in Chesapeake stop by the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. This Refuge consists of over 112,000 acres of forested wetlands that await you to come and explore them while you are visiting. There is always something going to do in the Refuge year round. The 3,100 acre Lake Drummond lies at the center of the swamp, with the Feeder Ditch connecting the lake to the Dismal Swamp Canal to the east. Over 220 species of birds that have been identified so birding is always a popular thing found on the island. To help celebrate the birding the refuge puts on three different festivals celebrating Migratory Bird Day these include guided tours and workshops. Visitors enjoy sightings of abundant and diverse wildlife. White-tail deer, black bear, bobcat, river otter can be seen from the trails and just as popular as birding is hunting, the refuge does open hunting for overcrowding reasons and if you like to hunt you should find the closes hunting date near your trip. Summer brings in over 65 species of butterflies. These butterflies flock in the thousands and offer once in a lifetime viewing. The Swamp National Wildlife Refuge offers miles and miles of trails for hiking and biking. Also the 3,100 acre Lake Drummond lies at the center of the swamp and is open to canoes and kayaks. If you don’t have your own boat there are plenty of places surrounding the lake that have rentals. If you happen to visit in the winter months you may find glimpses of the thousands of snow geese and tundra swans that migrate here. Year round you can find breathtaking views at the Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.
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While you are in Virginia you will not be able to help but notice the multitude of military bases. While you are in town the one that we suggest you check out in Fort Monroe. Fort Monroe is the largest stone fort built in the country and its main objective has always been to protect American form attacks from the sea. Within the fort you can find the Casemate Museum which was opened in 1834 and displays some on the more historical moments that Fort Monroe has played an active part in. The museum shows you the history of the fort and shows Robert E. Lee’s living quarters and the uniforms and supplies that could be found here when the fort was in its prime. There are newspaper clippings, artist’s drawings, clothing and uniforms worn by the military, medical instruments, weapons, and displays showing how the rooms were once used. Two of the displays on show in the museum are the holding Major General Jefferson Davis in a jail cell and Benjamin Butler’s decision to allow escaped slaves to say at the fort. One really cool thing about this fort is that one of the few remaining forts with a moat that is still on display. Chesapeake awaits you come and enjoy it!