Venture Richmond damages a portion of the historic James River and Kanawha Canal

Canal in Danger, James River & Kanawha Canal, Richmond, Richmond, Save our Canal!, Virginia
[caption id="attachment_13824" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Bricks from the canal wall demolition.[/caption] RICHMOND, VA: On Tuesday September 16th, 2012, Venture Richmond proceeded to damage a portion of the historic James River and Kanawha canal bank and to destroy a century-old brick structural component of the canal. The Oregon Hill Neighborhood Association (OHNA) has called for the preservation of the 200 year old canal, built largely with slave labor when George Washington was the President of the canal society. The Oregon Hill neighborhood has many connections to the canal, including 601 Spring St, the former home of Samuel P. Parsons, the Canal Superintendent in 1840. Jennifer Hancock, OHNA President, said, "We are seeing Richmond history disappear before our eyes.” OHNA finds it disturbing that it is a public/private partnership that is responsible for the destruction. …
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World Canal Conference in China issues statement on Canal in Danger in Richmond, VA

Canal in Danger, James River & Kanawha Canal, Richmond, Save our Canal!
Editors Note: The following email was received from Bill Trout: To be proposed for approval on September ...   WHEREAS, the James River Canal is an important historic landmark: the first towpath canal system with locks in the United States, first constructed while George Washington was the canal company's honorary president;   that the World Canals Conference at its 25th annual meeting, in Yangzhou, China, urges the people of Richmond, Virginia, to prevent further destruction of this canal at Tredegar and Ethyl, and to preserve, restore and interpret, and wisely use, this valuable amenity for Virginia and her visitors to use and enjoy for ever.   W.E. Trout III Beijing, China September 16, 2012
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Historic Canal in Richmond in DANGER of being destroyed by amphitheater

Historic Canal in Richmond in DANGER of being destroyed by amphitheater

Canal in Danger, James River & Kanawha Canal, Richmond, Richmond, Save our Canal!, Virginia
by Charles Pool. There is a canal preservation alert in the city of Richmond, Va. where Venture Richmond has revealed plans to irreparably damage one of the oldest sections of the James River and Kanawha Canal in order to improve the sight lines for a proposed amphitheater. This section of the canal was built shortly after the James River Navigation Company was chartered in 1785 with George Washington serving as its first President.  The canal, now on the National Register of Historic Places,  was of immense importance to the development of the region.  As Mary Wingfield Scott wrote, "When it is remembered that as late as 1859 the canal tonnage exceeded the freight on all four railroads entering Richmond, it may readily be seen how important the completion of the…
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Canal in Richmond VA in danger with proposed development!

James River & Kanawha Canal, Richmond, Save our Canal!, Virginia
VC&NS Trustee, Dr. Bill Trout submitted this article for everyone to read since the canal in Richmond is in danger! The following article was published in the Richmond Times Dispatch and we are re-posting it here in the public interest: Save Richmond's canals,  again Our historic canals should be saved so their future development can put Richmond on the map, as in San Antonio and Georgetown. But this opportunity could be mooted by well-intentioned pending schemes, which injure the canals in five places. There need not be this choice between canal and improvements. In 1988, a canal committee of leading citizens designed a waterway for tour boats from the James River at the Great Shiplock to Maymont. The navigable James River & Kanawha Canal would be spliced with the millrace…
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