Publications – Marketing Assistant Volunteer

Bill Trout is seeking an assistant to help with marketing our publications to Museums, liveries and other historic points of interest.  An Assistant could get in touch with the many contacts listed in our many atlases. Keeping in touch and promoting our publications would be a big help for the canal society.  If anyone nearRead moreRead more

Bill Trout’s Amazing Collection is Growing!

Since moving Bill’s collection into the Batteau House, we’ve found it growing! A tobacco hogshead must be the most striking addition, but the archive is surely expanding with exhibits and ephemera.  Recent improvements have been made to presentation of exhibits in our primary hall, and we hope to open in the fall. This treasure mustRead moreRead more

Buchanan Canal Park – March 2019 update.

Unfortunately, excavating the JR&KC Gauge Dock in Buchanan has revealed the cut stones to have been mined long ago.   While this is a loss, there’s agreement on the Buchanan Town Board that time is right for a canal park in Buchanan. Park features will first include an interpretive garden for the missing dock, andRead moreRead more

North River Navigation News – March 2019

  The NRN, our best preserved and most accessible jewel, is well known for Ben Salem Lock. This is a historically significant structure in Rockbridge County, VA. The condition of this lock should concern everyone for the locks future.   Ben Salem Lock and Dam is arguably the best known, and most visible feature of ourRead moreRead more

C&O CANAL to host WCC 2021

Most of us have toured local canals, but have you been to a World Canal Conference? From their own web page “The World Canal Conference is the opportunity to bring together hundreds of canal enthusiasts, professionals, and scholars from around the world, to exchange good practices on canals, including the protection of historic canals, harbors,Read moreRead more

The James River Bateau: Tobacco transport in the Upland Virginia, 1745-1840

Bruce Terrell’s thesis The James River Bateau: Tobacco transport in the Upland Virginia, 1745-1840 is posted online and can be downloaded. Click here to see the page on East Carolina University’s website.