The 45th Annual Conference & Membership Meeting of the Virginia Canals & Navigations Society and the Spring Meeting of the James River Batteau Festival will be held on May 7-8, 2022. Location: Rassawek Vineyard, 6276 River Road West, Columbia, VA 23038 Please click here to download the registration form. You may pay the fee online… Continue reading VC&NS Annual Conference & Membership Meeting – May 7-8, 2022
There is an interesting article in the News & Advance regarding groups seeking grant funds for river access at Balcony Falls. https://newsadvance.com/news/local/nonprofit-county-seek-grant-to-install-river-access-point-at-balcony-falls/article_5a99cae4-2db8-5937-a124-2812b042a63a.html
The Virginia Canal’s and Navigations Society is sad to learn of the passing of Ruth Harris. Ruth was a past President of the VC&NS. She worked tirelessly for the lofty goals of the society. Many times she would drive from her home in the eastern part of Virginia to Lynchburg to conduct VC&NS business. Ruth… Continue reading Ruth Harris – Rest in Peace.
Dear VC&NS Members and all River and Canal people, I have not authored dozens of books that have been printed thousands of times, and I may never be able to bring a lost history back to life. My name won’t be recognized as one that has done incredible work in canal exploration and preservation. I… Continue reading VC&NS President Brian Coffield’s Letter to members, October, 2020.
Jennifer Wampler of the Department of Conservation and Recreation has invited canal society members to inspect and comment on the draft Middle James Segment Plan. This plan, covering the river from Lynchburg to Maidens (designated the James River Batteau Festival Trail) is modeled on the segment plan developed by the National Park Service for the Lower… Continue reading DRAFT MIDDLE JAMES SEGMENT PLAN
The State Review Board will consider concurring with staff recommendations for survey and nomination eligibility of the Banister River Navigation Improvements Historic District based upon the Preliminary Information Form (PIF) prepared by DHR: https://www.dhr.virginia.gov/pifs/banister-river-navigation-improvements-halifax-co-dhr-041-5311/ The Quarterly Joint meeting starts at 9:00 am on Thursday 09-17-2020; The State Review Board portion for the PIFs will commence… Continue reading Banister River Historic District PIF (041-5311) SupportLetter-Town of Halifax
Broken Island Lock Cleanup In the Spring of 2020, I was contacted by Ronda Beck of the Broken Island community, a neighborhood on the Rivanna River. In this neighborhood there is a historic canal lock and dam, which are situated on private property, but Ronda was willing to arrange access for volunteers interested in helping… Continue reading Broken Island Lock Cleanup event held.
VCNS ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING April 10-11, 2021 Batteau House 3806 South Amherst Highway Madison Heights, Virginia 24572 Saturday April 10 10:00 am: Board of Directors meeting 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Completing unfinished projects at Batteau House (cleaning and minor maintenance) 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Potluck supper – please bring a dish! 6:00 pm:… Continue reading VC&NS 2021 Annual Membership Meeting & Conference, April 20-21, 2021.
Meeting Schedule for VCNS/JRBF October 10, 2020 – BOD meeting – 10:00 am – Zoom link will be sent in advance January 9, 2021 – BOD meeting – 10:00 am – Zoom link will be sent in advance February TBD, 2021 – JRBF committee meeting April 10/11, 2021 – Annual membership/BOD meeting (tentatively planned for… Continue reading VC&NS 2020 – 2021 Meeting Schedule
By Bill Holdsworth C&O Canal Association Conococheague Aqueduct was restored to operational condition in 2019. A launch boat exits the aqueduct during opening day celebrations. Photo by Doug Zveare. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Association is getting ready to welcome canal enthusiasts from around the world to next year’s World Canals Conference August 30-September, 2021… Continue reading World Canals Conference 2021 to be held in Hagerstown, MD – August 30 – September 2, 2021.
Attention supporters and participants of the James River Batteau Festival! The VCNS would like to thank you for your support over the years, and we hope things will be back to normal for the 2021 JRBF. As you know, the VCNS is the parent organization of the JRBF. We’re a nonprofit that is supported primarily… Continue reading Thank you JRBF supporters, from Brian Coffield – VC&NS President.
The Scenic Virginia 2020 Virginia Vistas photo contest is now open. I’m thrilled to share that this year the Rivers & Waterways category is exclusive to designated Virginia scenic rivers! This is a wonderful way to highlight the 50th anniversary of the Virginia Scenic Rivers Program. The annual contest promotes the preservation and protection… Continue reading Designated Scenic Rivers Part of the Scenic Virginia Photo Contest