Cape Fear River Atlas – First Edition, 2016

The Virginia Canals & Navigations Society is proud to announce the publication of the Cape Fear River Atlas, First Edition – 2016.
Authors W.E. Trout, III, John Hairr and Nancy R. Trout.
This new atlas is 151 pages plus covers and is plastic spiral bound.

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Before railroads were unheard of, rivers were the superhighways of the time – the arteries of commerce. Rivers carried the products of the farm, of the mine, and of the forest to market – preferably to coastal markets and to the world.

North Carolina had only one river with a deep-water coastal port, and that was the Cape Fear. All of her other major rivers run out of the state, or into coastal sounds with only shallow openings to the sea.

Put a dot at the center of the state, and that is where the Cape Fear begins. It was here, at the junction of the Deep and Haw rivers, that the Deep and Haw River Company laid out the town of Haywood in 1799. Everyone expected that white-water freight boats called batteaux, and later steamboats, would soon be plying the river, making Haywood one of the most prosperous cities in the state, and probably the state capital. But it never happened.

THE CAPE FEAR RIVER ATLAS is the latest in a series of river atlases for Virginia and North Carolina, volunteer projects published by the Virginia Canals & Navigations Society. We hope that it will encourage interest in the fascinating history and archaeology of navigation on the Cape Fear and in river corridor planning. If you are interested, please join VC&NS and help us help you and your favorite river.

This atlas focuses on the 240 miles of the Cape Fear which boats once navigated, from the House in the Horseshoe on Deep River, down to the Atlantic Ocean. This includes the river in twelve counties: Moore, Chatham, Alamance, Orange, Lee, Harnett, Cumberland, Bladen, Columbus, Pender, Brunswick, and New Hanover. Here the Cape Fear is literally filled with history. We’ve tried to record and interpret the early canals, the batteau sluices, the locks and dams built for steamboats, the fish dams, the wing dams, the iron furnaces, the mills, and anything else in and along the river. With this atlas you can get out on the river and see them for yourself!

Copies of THE CAPE FEAR RIVER ATLAS are available by mail from the canal society at www.vacanals.org/store for $35.00 each, plus $5 postage (plus tax if you are in VA). We encourage museums and outfitters to stock our atlases. A large wholesale discount is available for quantity sales (contact Holt@vacanals.org). Please come visit our museum and headquarters at 3806 S. Amherst Hwy, Madison Heights, VA 24572. Open by appointment: Bill@vacanals.org, 252-301-1747.

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    VC&NS New Publication: The Belle of Rose Isle, A model-maker’s case study of The Reverend Robert Rose’s Double Dug-Out Canoe.

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    The Virginia Canals & Navigations Society is proud to announce the publication of The Belle of Rose Isle, A model-maker’s case study of The Reverend Robert Rose’s Double Dug-Out Canoe. By Robert J. Faught, edited by W.E Trout, III, and W.H. Messerly, Jr.

    This book explores the history of Robert Rose’s double dug-out canoe by the author’s models that he made to study the various theories about the size of the boats and how many hogsheads each might have carried etc. Many entries from Robert Rose’s diary are cited to help explore this important early history of navigation and trade on the James River before the invention of the Batteau.

    On December, 3, 2016, Major Faust visited Batteau House, for the Christmas open house, and signed copies of this new book. A flyer is available for free download if you would like to help post this information. The VC&NS online store now lists this new publication. Retail is $20.00 plus tax if you are in VA, plus shipping.  Members can receive their 20% discount (Be sure to obtain the discount code before you order).

     

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      Introducing our 2017 Fundraising Campaign – “Friends First”

      “FRIENDS FIRST” Campaign “UPDATE”
      for Batteau House- 2016-2017

      We have received a $1,000 donation from Mike Rutgers and another $1,000 from the VCNS Board of directors, of which Dr Trout has matched both of these donations.  Also have received $75.00 so far from our GoFundMe account on Facebook.  I am sure there has been other donations, however these are the only ones I know of.  With the $2,000 match plus the $75 we have reached $4,075.00 toward our goal of $10,000.

      There are pictures of the inside of the museum for all to look at, take a moment and enjoy what is happening.

      We are working on making sure our Batteau History/Museum can be shared with the public. Over the years members have been collecting archives, artifacts and memorabilia of canal and river heritage and building navigable reproductions, therefore in order to share them with the public we need your help in making our New Batteau House/Museum something for all to enjoy!

      By building our 2017 Fundraising Campaign we will be able to complete items on our “Need to Due List”. Here are just a few:

      •  Much needed repairs on the Batteau Museum
      •  Building a Boat Barn to house boats and other large artifacts that are right now          being stored at private properties
      • Signage for front of Museum

      Our Goal is $10,000 by July 1, 2017!

      Dr. Bill Trout has stated that for every $1,000 Donation he will match the amount.

      You can donate to the Home Fund via the donate now button below:




      Payments are processed through PayPal and you can use your PayPal account OR enter your credit/debit card info. Various types of cards are accepted.

      You can also make your donation by check payable to: Virginia Canals & Navigations Society.

      VC&NS mailing address:

      Virginia Canals & Navigations Society
      3806 South Amerst Highway
      Madison Heights, VA 24572.

       Note: If you wish your gift to only be used towards the Home Fund, then write “Home Fund” on the for line of the check, otherwise the funds go into the non restricted funds and can be applied towards any VCNS need.

      Another method to donate is the GO FUND ME page.

      You can a visit the Batteau Museum in person (Please call Bill Trout in advance to arrange a time/date to make sure he is home. Phone Number 252-301-1747), or email Bill, see map  to the Batteau House below:

      Your generosity and belief in our mission makes our
      work possible, and we are deeply grateful for your
      partnership.

      For Tax Purposes, a donation receipt will be sent to you. The Virginia Canals & Navigations Society is a 501(c)3 non profit organization.

      If you have any questions, please email our fundraising committee chairperson, Ms. Donna Riedel.

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        Palmyra Lock Cleanup a Success

        The Lock at Palmyra - AFTER Cleanup, 2016 Photo by Brian Coffield

        The Lock at Palmyra – AFTER Cleanup, 2016
        Photo by Brian Coffield

        Palmyra Lock - After Cleanup - 2016. Photo By Brian Coffield

        Palmyra Lock – After Cleanup – 2016.
        Photo By Brian Coffield

        On Saturday, November 12, 2016, a small band of canal enthusiasts armed with chain saws launched a post-dawn raid on the lock at Palmyra Mills, beside the Rivanna River. The goal was to catch up on tree removal and uncover partially buried portions of the lock. The VCNS has been doing cleanups at this lock for decades.

        The lock at Palmyra Mills is the only intact structure in this area that boasts a mill ruins, dam ruins and covered bridge piers. The lock is by no means in perfect condition, but at 165 years old and only cared for by volunteers, it is in good condition. The continuing efforts of dedicated volunteers can help ensure it lasts for at least another 165 years.

        VCNS volunteers who participated: Bill Trout, Philip DeVos, Brian Coffield, Chris Fox, Pete Runge.

        Palmyra Lock on the Rivanna River - Before Cleanup - October 12, 2016. Photo By Brian Coffield

        Palmyra Lock on the Rivanna River – Before Cleanup – October 12, 2016.
        Photo By Brian Coffield

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