VCNS Board of Directors tour Richmond Pumphouse – April 14th, 2018. By Brian Coffield

Pump House, Richmond
[ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="18" display_type="photocrati-nextgen_pro_slideshow" image_crop="0" image_pan="1" show_playback_controls="1" show_captions="0" caption_class="caption_overlay_bottom" caption_height="70" aspect_ratio="1.5" width="100" width_unit="%" transition="fade" transition_speed="1" slideshow_speed="5" border_size="0" border_color="#ffffff" ngg_triggers_display="always" order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"] Photo of wood batteau parts in water by Brian Coffield. Other photos by David Samuel. On April 14, 2018, after the VC&NS board of directors held their quarterly meeting in Powhatan, Virginia. The group attended an open house event at the Pump House in on the canal in Richmond.  The event was hosted by a group called "Friends of the Pump House". This group is a new organization that is working to restore the Pump House, a magnificent structure, to its former glory. The event mainly consisted of tours led by Lyn Lanier (also known as “Mr. Pump House”), who is a long time member of the VC&NS.  Later…
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Rucker Landing signs dedicated during Amherst County’s Batteau Day – June 10, 2017

Amherst County Batteau Day, Rucker Landing
[caption id="attachment_14990" align="aligncenter" width="640"] L-R, Dr. Bill Trout, Holt Messerly, Claudia Tucker, Jeff Taylor, Mike Rucker and "Thomas Jefferson".[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14996" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Claudia Tucker, Chairwoman of the Amherst County Board of Supervisors at Amherst County Batteau Day, June 10, 2017.[/caption] Claudia Tucker Chairwoman of the Amherst County Board of Supervisors gave a nice presentation to begin the dedication ceremony. The following are her remarks we are publishing here with her permission: "Good afternoon! I am here on behalf of the Amherst County Board of Supervisors to join in the festivities of the day but also to share with you the impact that the Rucker Family has had on Amherst County, In 1775 an entrepreneur, agriculturalist and businessman named Anthony Rucker [and his brother Benjamin] saw the need to develop…
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VC&NS Fundraising – Krogers Reward Card

Fundraising, Krogers Rewards
Please link your Krogers rewards card so that your spending can help the VC&NS in our fundraising. Thank you to Donna Riedel for setting up this new deal for the VC&NS. Please see the following instructions on how to link your Krogers card: New Organization Number 92535 Congratulations on your enrollment into our Kroger Community Rewards Program.  Your participants can begin enrolling online within 48 hours of this notification.  Just go to the appropriate website mentioned below and begin enrolling.  You have been assigned a new NPO number 92535. Please refer to this number in all future correspondence. TO USE THE KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM: Simply encourage your members to register online at krogercommunityrewards.com Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after…
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Cape Fear River Atlas – First Edition, 2016

Cape Fear River Atlas, River Atlases
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. PLEASE POST 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…
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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.

Robert J. Faught, Robert Rose's Double Dug-Out Canoe, VC&NS Books
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. [ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="17" display_type="photocrati-nextgen_pro_slideshow" image_crop="0" image_pan="1" show_playback_controls="1" show_captions="0" caption_class="caption_overlay_bottom" caption_height="70" aspect_ratio="1.5" width="100" width_unit="%" transition="fade" transition_speed="1" slideshow_speed="5" border_size="0" border_color="#ffffff" ngg_triggers_display="always" order_by="sortorder"…
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