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December 12, 2011
Wildlife Refuges Commemorate the Civil War's Sesquicentennial
Earnest F. Hollings ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge
Wildlife refuges probably don't spring to mind when considering Civil War-oriented trips, but the National Wildlife Service has highlighted four of them, all with a specific Civil War orientation.

Deep inside the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge near Suffolk, Va., archaeologists are excavating important "maroon" settlements of escaped slaves and their descendents, who were in hiding for two centuries up to the start of the Civil War. Refuge exhibits will detail how these swamp dwellers survived. Visitors can also see where 18th- and 19th-century slave crews felled trees for lumber mills in sweltering heat amid venomous snakes.

Other sites maintained by the NWS include the Grove Plantation House (above) at Earnest F. Hollings ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge in Hollywood, S.C.; a historic lighthouse at the St. Mark's NWR in St. Marks, Fla.; and the battlefield armament at the White River NWR in St. Charles, Ark.

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