Altavista Batteau Fragment

In 1999, a 36-foot long batteau fragment was found in the Staunton River at the site of Altavista’s old batteau landing. After it was recovered, the fragment was treated with polyvinyl acetate to preserve it and it was stored at the Avoca museum in Altavista. It was not put on display, as the 36-foot length… Continue reading Altavista Batteau Fragment

The Rucker Family Society visited Batteau House on June 6, 2019.

On June 6th, 2019, the Rucker Family Society came to Batteau House in a big way!  A big beautiful Abbott tour bus backed up into the driveway and the Ruckers got off the bus and came inside to tour the museum at Batteau House. Bill Trout, Philip de Vos and Holt Messerly showed the various… Continue reading The Rucker Family Society visited Batteau House on June 6, 2019.

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 near… Continue reading Publications – Marketing Assistant Volunteer

Bill Trout’s Amazing Collection is Growing!

Batteau House Exhibits - March 2019

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 must… Continue reading Bill Trout’s Amazing Collection is Growing!

Introducing our 2017 Fundraising Campaign – “Friends First”

“FRIENDS FIRST” Campaign “UPDATE” for Batteau House- 2016-2017 We have received a $1,000 donation from Mike Rutgers and another $1,000 from the VCNS Board of directors, of which Dr Trout has matched both of these donations.  Also have received $75.00 so far from our GoFundMe account on Facebook.  I am sure there has been other… Continue reading Introducing our 2017 Fundraising Campaign – “Friends First”