VCNS Memorial

Ruth Harris – Rest in Peace.

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…

Middle James Segment Plan

DRAFT MIDDLE JAMES SEGMENT PLAN

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…

Banister River

Banister River Historic District PIF (041-5311) SupportLetter-Town of Halifax

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…

Lock Cleanup Event

Broken Island Lock Cleanup event held.

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…

VCNS Annual Conference & Membership Meeting

VC&NS 2021 Annual Membership Meeting & Conference, April 20-21, 2021.

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:…

VCNS Meetings

VC&NS 2020 – 2021 Meeting Schedule

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…

World Canals Conference

World Canals Conference 2021 to be held in Hagerstown, MD – August 30 – September 2, 2021.

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…

Scenic Rivers

Designated Scenic Rivers Part of the Scenic Virginia Photo Contest

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…