River Management Society Symposium

The River Management Society is holding their annual symposium April 12-15, 2021. It will be all virtual — if you are interested, you can register here: Brian Coffield and Roger Nelson of the VC&NS will be featured in a video about the history of the batteau on the James River. **Update: Here is a…

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Canal Basin Dig Wood Preservation Project

Bill Trout and Jimmy Moore’s 1983 initial investigation of the James Center first block under construction showed canal boat remnants at the 23’ below street level. The James Center sat on top of and in the Great Turning Basin of the James River and Kanawha Canal. What followed was a massive volunteer canal boat excavation…

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Moving artifacts from Kittiewan

On December 7, 2019 a group of about a dozen VC&NS volunteers went to the Kittiewan Plantation (Archaeological Society of Virginia headquarters) to begin the task of moving the canal basin dig artifacts to the VC&NS headquarters in Madison Heights, VA. All the small items contained in boxes were loaded into a box trailer and…

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Howard Williams, Rest In Peace

The VC&NS and JRBF are sad to announce the passing of Howard Williams. Howard loved the James River Batteau Festival. Many times he would ride his scooter to Howardsville or Wingina or Scottsville and all points in between. Howard spent many years on various batteaux such as the Fluvanna and often rode as the guest of…


Mike Harris – Rest in Peace

Together we mourn the loss of a batteau family member — Mike Harris. On January 28, 2020 he died peacefully in his sleep.     Mike was captain of the batteau Margaret Stevens in 2015. Our lives were all made richer with such a genuine, honest, thoughtful and kind friend. He had a zest for…

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Minnie Lee May McGehee, Rest in Peace

“We have come to an end of an era”, said Bill Trout upon hearing the sad news of  Minnie Lee McGehee’s passing. We are sad to announce the passing of VC&NS Lifetime Member, Mrs. Minnie Lee McGehee. Minnie Lee was a lifetime member of the VC&NS. She wrote many articles for The Tiller and wrote many books…

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Former VC&NS President Robert Michael “Buddy” High, 73, died Sunday, May 19, 2019.

We are sad to announce that former Virginia Canals & Navigations Society President and Chairman of the James River Batteau Festival, Buddy High, has died. Robert Michael “Buddy” High, of Valentines, Virginia,  73, died Sunday, May 19, 2019, at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill, Virginia. Buddy went home to be with the Lord…


Boat Flipping – April 27th, 2019

There will be a boat flipping event at Byrne Nelson’s house on Saturday April 27th, 2019. Batteau Flipping Event (there are 3 batteaux to be flipped) April 27, 2:00 p.m. 4468 Gravel Hill Rd, Dillwyn VA 23936 Food and Beverages will be served If there are any questions, contact Roger Nelson 434-221-9000.