VCNS 2015 Annual Meeting held at the Old Train Station in Petersburg

The 2015 annual meeting of the Virginia Canals & Navigations Society was held at the old train station. The business meeting was held by outgoing President Brian Coffield. Gail Timberlake was elected the new President. Roger Nelson is the new Vice President. The revised Bylaws passed. The food was catered by Karen Murphy and was very good. The nights speaker talked about the Revolutionary war and the battle that occurred at the Appomattox River beside where the meeting took place.

The 2015 conference ended well and on Sunday some attendees may tour Petersburg on their own if they wish.

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    Ferndale Park by the Appomattox River – 2015 Annual Conference Weekend event:

    The Batteau “Fine Creek Mill” was parked by Ferndale Park beside the Appomattox River near Matoaca. The rain was getting stronger as the day went on, however, the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR) made the best of the situation. FOLAR had food vendors and many different river groups set up beside the pond behind the pavilion building. They even had a nice buggy with seats pulled by an ATV giving rides down the 1.5 mile towpath. The canal had a good amount of water in it. The bridge leading from the park across the canal to the tow-path was named after Nancy Trout! A musical group made up of men from the area played civil war style music which was very very nice!

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      VCNS 2015 Annual Conference Kicks off at the Petersburg Train Station

      Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR) presented a very nice slide show describing the many many awesome bridges, trails and parks they have been involved in. They have raised a lot of money from many donors and made many improvements to a bunch of locations along the river. VERY impressive!

      Saturday we will meet at Ferndale Park near Matoaca. The batteau “Fine Creek Mill” will be giving rides in the 1.5 mile section of the original canal beside the Appomattox River.

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        VC&NS Constitution & Bylaws Committee Proposed New Bylaws:

        The VC&NS Bylaws Committee has proposed the following document to be approved at the annual meeting of members.

        Please See the Full Document – CLICK HERE.

        PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A PROPOSAL WHICH ALL MEMBERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE ON BEFORE TAKING EFFECT.  YOU WILL RECEIVE INSTRUCTIONS ON VOTING WITH YOUR SPRING CONFERENCE/ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING REGISTRATION MATERIALS.

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          Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe presented with a copy of the First Edition of the Chickahominy River Atlas by Dr. Bill Trout

          Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (left) and VC&NS Trustee Dr. Bill Trout at the 63rd annual Chickahominy Fall Festival and Pow Wow

          Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (left) and VC&NS Trustee Dr. Bill Trout (right) at the 63rd annual Chickahominy Fall Festival and Pow Wow.

          Dr. Bill Trout presented Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe with the brand new Chickahominy River Atlas at the 63rd annual Chickahominy Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Providence Forge, Virginia on Saturday, September 27th, 2014. The Governor liked the new atlas very much.

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            The Chickahominy River Atlas – First Edition 2014 – Now Available!

            The Chickahominy River Atlas

            The Chickahominy River Atlas, by William E. Trout, III, Stran L. Trout, and Lyle E. Browning with the James River Association and the Chickahominy Tribes. 60 p. plus front and back covers; plastic spiral bound. “Rediscovering the land of the coarse pounded corn people.” First Edition – 2014. ISBN 978-1-888838-23-7. Published by William Holt Messerly, Jr. for the VC&NS.

            This new atlas has a high resolution color cover that is a reproduction of an original watercolor painting by artist William C. Hoffman.

            This is a very interesting atlas with information about the Chickahominy Indian Tribes and the first settlers at Jamestown up to modern times on the river.

            Dr. Trout will be at a Pow Wow event in Providence Forge, VA this weekend with some of the first copies available.

            You can now order online. VC&NS Members don’t forget to use your discount code to receive 20% off the $20 retail price. (Va Tax and S&H add’l).

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              Canal Walk Trail video from Richmond Downtown to Maymont

              I found a nice video online of someone jogging from downtown Richmond up to Maymont  Park. The video is a little choppy but it’s worth taking a look at. Enjoy.

               

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                VC&NS “Home Fund” Established

                After 35 successful years as a nonprofit organization researching, educating, and advocating for Virginia canals, batteaux and other historic watercraft, the Virginia Canals and Navigations Society is ready to settle down and display Virginia’s rich cultural waterway heritage. As the only nonprofit organization in Virginia specializing specifically in the historic river highways that helped found our great nation,  (a once forgotten segment of history), VC&NS is uniquely positioned to create a museum of cultural waterway heritage of commonwealth and national interest. Throughout our 35 years, members have been collecting archives, artifacts and memorabilia of canal and river heritage and building navigable reproductions. It’s time to gather and share them with the public while also creating a much overdue VC&NS work place.

                The VC&NS Board of Governors at their December 1, 2012 meeting launched a fund drive for the purpose of establishing a VC&NS home with space for meetings, workshops, archives, library and museum.  We have begun the work of creating a funding plan, and needs assessment and exploring location possibilities.  Already we are receiving offers from communities that are interested in working with us! If you would like to assist our “Home” committee, please contact Ellen Neal, (434) 263-4745 or Philip deVos, (434) 299-5249.

                All donations to this temporarily restricted fund will be set aside for the express purpose of establishing a VC&NS home and if no home is established by December 1, 2017 (5 years from establishment date) then the VC&NS board of governors reserves the right to reevaluate and possibly reallocate the money towards the VC&NS general fund.

                Donate now to help VC&NS establish our “Home”. VC&NS is a 501 (c) (3) organization. Your donation to this fund is 100% tax deductible.

                Please send donations via usps to: VC&NS, c/o “Home Fund”, PO Box 62, Covesville, VA 22931-0062. Please write “Home Fund” on the for line of your check. You will be mailed a receipt for your tax deductible donation.

                We appreciate your donation via check as that saves us transactions fees that are charged by PayPal. However, if you would like to donate and use your credit card, we accept donations via PayPal. You can use your credit card or PayPal account. Select the “Donate Now” button below. Thank you.





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