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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