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The northern branch of the Nansemond abounds in scenery of the most picturesque and romantic description, and is well deserving the attention of Nature's admirers. The stream is of fresh water, winding some three or four miles in a northwesterly direction from Suffolk, and its average width is about fifty feet. In ascending its intricate windings, you are surprised at the different aspects presented to view. In some instances, the tall and majestic junipers are entirely submerged at the base, and, as you proceed, an elevation will suddenly appear, as if by magic, rising perpendicularly from the river at least twenty feet, rendering the contrast at once startling and delightful.

Thus was the Nansemond River, found in Nansemond County, Virginia, described over a hundred years ago. It is fitting to start this paper with such a description, but more is needed.

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