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Tidal marsh on the Nansemond River

The Nansemond River is a 19.8-mile-long (31.9 km)[1] tributary of the James River in Virginia in the United States. English settlers named the river for the Nansemond tribe of Native Americans, who then inhabited the area.[2] The river begins at the outlet of Lake Meade north of downtown Suffolk, historically marking the northern boundary of the city. The Nansemond River Light once marked the river's confluence with the James.

The Nansemond River Bridge, part of U.S. Route 17, crosses the river near its mouth. It was once a toll bridge. Two other bridges cross the river, one in downtown Suffolk and one on Route 58.

The Nansemond National Wildlife Refuge is located along the river.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed April 1, 2011
  2. ^ "Suffolk". Charles A. Grymes. Retrieved 21 April 2016.

Coordinates: 36°53′55.9″N 76°28′25.1″W / 36.898861°N 76.473639°W / 36.898861; -76.473639