Located in the southeastern part of the state of Virginia and is considered to be the head of navigation of the Nansemond River. The city is situated in the Great Dismal Swamp which is in the southwest cities in Portsmouth and Chesapeake along the Hampton Roads region. The area was first settled and was known as Constance Warehouse for John Constant, who as well established a tobacco manufacturing business. The city was then renamed by the colonial legislature for Suffolk, England when it was chartered. Suffolk was burned down by the British forces in 1779 but was then rebuilt in 1837. Since the start of 1912, the city has played an important center for the marketing and processing of peanuts, groundnuts, and also handles tea, and the city manufactures includes bricks, fertilizers, wood products, and various farm machinery. The city also has thriving fishing and boating facilities that were made available to the lakes that surround it.
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