Black History Month – Message from Dr. Bill Trout:

BLACK HISTORY MONTH Let’s not forget that during the batteau and canal eras in Virginia, African Americans did the hard work. Here’s a link to the Lynchburg Museum’s February post, for Black History Month. Created by museum volunteer Tyler Wilson, it illustrates the three types of Virginia’s river and canal boats –  a freight boat,Read moreRead more

Annual Fall Float and Meeting of the James River Batteau Festival. Howardsville, VA, October 20th, 2018.

The JRBF fall meeting took place on October 20, 2018 at Howardsville. The day started out cool and cloudy but the weather turned beautiful and it was a lovely fall day. The fun and fellowship included a paddle from Wingina to Howardsville just prior to the meeting and even the foot of mud on theRead moreRead more

James River Batteau Festival – Fall Meeting 2018 by Andrew Shaw

Hey Folks, I hope everyone has had a great summer and is looking forward to the fall.  In the last several years, we have lost the tradition of having a fall meeting due to the fact that it was connected to the Tireless James, which was frequently canceled due to rain.  Many have expressed aRead moreRead more

2018 James River Transportation Festival, by Brian Coffield

On July 21, 2018, the VC&NS participated in the 7th annual James River Transportation Festival on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  This festival, which began in 2012, was conceived of by Peter Hamel, who is the Ridge District interpreter for the Blue Ridge Parkway.  His goal is to bring attention to the James River Visitors CenterRead moreRead more

Second Annual Amherst County Batteau Day – June 9, 2018.

          The second annual Amherst County Batteau Day was held beside Rucker Landing beside the James River on the Amherst County Side. The weather was beautiful as I toured the various period craft booths and groups such as the Daughters of the American Revolution and a nice group of ladies fromRead moreRead more

Appomattox River Festival – 2018 – By Brian Coffield.

The 4thannual Appomattox Riverfest was held on April 28, 2018 at Appomattox Riverside Park in Dinwiddie County. The event was sponsored by the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR).  This event brings together state and local agencies and volunteer groups with an interest in the local ecology and in educating the general public aboutRead moreRead more