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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      Great Bridge Heritage Festival a Success

      Dr. Bill Trout at the Great Bridge Waterways Heritage Festival, 2016.

      Dr. Bill Trout at the Great Bridge Waterways Heritage Festival, 2016.

      The Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways History Foundation held their 7th annual Waterways Heritage Festival on October 15th, 2016.

      The festival is held at a park in Chesapeake, Virginia adjacent to where the Elizabeth River meets the Chesapeake and Albemarle Canal. It is free, includes boat rides through the Great Bridge Lock and has many vendors and attractions celebrating Chesapeake’s waterways and cultural heritage. The organizers feature the VC&NS prominently in their advertising for this event, and generously provide hotel lodging and food to the VC&NS volunteers. They very much appreciate having a batteau in attendance at the festival.

      This event is well attended, and this year was no exception, in spite of the fact that it was held on a rain date due to over a foot of rain that fell on the original weekend during Hurricane Matthew. Many of the festival volunteers are first responders and Coast Guard members and actually spent the previous weekend rescuing people but still cheerfully participated in the festival! The VC&NS has been in attendance every year. Once again the batteau “Slate River” was a featured attraction. The VC&NS tent also showcased our newest publication, The Dismal Swamp Nobody Knows, and author Bill Trout and author/artist Bill Hoffman (“Sarge”). Mr. Hoffman was there to personally sign the copies that were sold, and the display featured a painting that was included in the book.

      If you haven’t participated in this wonderful event, we look forward to seeing you there in October 2017!

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        New London Day 2016 was very nice

        The 2016 New London day was very nice. Sponsored by The Friends of New London and Liberty University, the event was held at the historic village of New London which is just west of Lynchburg in Campbell County, VA. The VC&NS had a table with our publications on display.

        Photos of the event have been posted on MesserlyPhoto.com. Click here to see photo gallery.

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          Tireless James – River Cleanup Event – October 22, 2016 – Howardsville to Scottsville

          Several of the Batteaux who participate in the annual James River Batteau Festival will be helping the James River Association on October 22nd, 2016 to clean out tires from the James River from Goolsby’s Falls, down-river from Howardsville to Scottsville.

          Canoeists and Kayakers are welcome to join in the fun. All help is appreciated!

          All boaters are asked if they can help get tires out of the James, starting AFTER Goolsby’s Falls. Tires will be gathered after the falls due to logistics of removing the tires.

          Please contact JRBF Chairman Andrew Shaw for more details or if you have any questions.

           

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            Palmyra Lock Cleanup – November 12, 2016

            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

            Palmyra Lock Cleanup
            November 12, 2016
            Begin at 9:00 am

            The lock is located behind the Fluvanna County Courthouse
            at 72 Main Street, Palmyra, Virginia.

            VC&NS past President, Mr. Brian Coffield, is planning a canal lock cleanup event at the Palmyra Lock on the Rivanna River. This is a great opportunity for members to be involved with an activity with the VC&NS by helping clean up this lock. Volunteers are needed and all help will be appreciated!
            If you would like to bring a weedeater and/or chain saw, that would be appreciated. The outside wall is accessible only to tree climbers and we would like the assistance of at least one professional tree climber to help us clear that wall.
            If there are any questions, please contact Brian Coffield 434-760-1183.

             

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              The Dismal Swamp Nobody Knows – New Publication from the VC&NS, 2016.

              The Dismal Swamp Nobody Knows

              The Virginia Canals & Navigations Society is proud to announce the publication of The Dismal Swamp Nobody Knows by William C. Hoffman and William Trout, III., Published by William Holt Messerly, Jr., 2016.

              This new book is 11 x 8 1/2 with staples on the 8 1/2″ dimension, 48 pages. The book has many original drawings and reproductions of original watercolor paintings by William C. Hoffman. Color on Glossy Stock. This book is beautiful. VC&NS members and others are very proud of this beautiful new book.

              This book was released in June, 2016 at the James River Batteau Festival in Lynchburg.  The price is $15 plus tax. VC&NS Members receive a 20% discount. This new book is available on the VC&NS online store . Wholesale orders for museums and bookstores can be placed by contacting  holt@vacanals.org for more information.

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                VCNS 2016 Annual Conference a great success Saturday Night in Lynchburg

                The VCNS annual conference in lynchburg continued Saturday night with dinner at the Depot Grill. The food and atmosphere was very good. After dinner everyone walked over to Amazement Square for the business meeting and desert.

                Amazement Square welcomed the VCNS and we held the meeting on the fourth floor. Gail Timberlake opened the meeting and made various announcements. Ralph Smith was awarded the lifetime achievement award with the actual award to be presented at the May 15th meeting of the JRBF in Scottsville since Gail wasn’t finished with it yet. Ralph was very appreciative of this award and thanked everyone.

                The election of Mike Neal to the position of Trustee (2016-2021) was voted on and passed. Mike takes Holt Messerly’s position that Holt served out his second term and he will continue working hard on publications and the website etc.

                After the meeting, a fine selection of cake was available and was very delicious.

                The many exhibits about the batteaux and other boats and canals were very awesome. Terry Zimmerman had fun trying to figure out the canal lock display controls.

                Later there was music with Gail’s friend Rhonda Baker, Lady’s Slipper crew member, playing guitar and singing. Rhonda wrote the Ballad of Dewey Wood.  When Gail and Tom Moore joined in and sang the song in memory of Dewey Wood it was very special and was so nice to hear. Then Tom Moore and his friend John Davies played and sang a few songs.

                The 2016 Annual Conference came to a quiet end in Lynchburg. Some people then camped at Lee’s Landing and enjoyed the campfire into the night.

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