[tahyd-waw-ter, -wot-er]
tidewater, in U.S. history, that part of the Atlantic coastal plain between the shoreline and the farthest upstream points in rivers reached by oceanic tides. In many cases the fall line is given as the western boundary. The tidewater, with its good harbors readily accessible to the ocean, was settled first by European colonists. Later the Southern tidewater became one of the many regions of large plantations as well as an area of important commercial towns.
Tidewater may refer to:

  • An area affected by the tide

Places in the United States


  • Tidelands
  • Tidewater accent, an accent of American English associated with the Tidewater region of Virginia
  • Tidewater (geographic term), ranging in extent from just the Tidewater region of Virginia to the entire South Atlantic coastal region generally, and occasionally extended to include all coastal areas of the Southern states (including those with coasts on the Gulf of Mexico)
  • Tidewater (Amtrak), a former passenger train through the American South
  • Tidewater Petroleum, a former name of Getty Oil, now owned by ChevronTexaco
  • Tidewater Architecture, Found mostly in coastal areas of the Southern United States, these homes, with large wraparound porches (or galleries) and hip roofs, were designed for wet, hot climates.

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