James River & Kanawha Canal

Gwynn Lock Cleanup

One of the activities of the canal society that benefit Virginia’s historic resources is cleaning up overgrown locks. On March 12, 2022, a group of volunteers met to take on Gwynn Lock near Eagle Rock, VA. This cleanup was scheduled and rescheduled several times due to weather, so Andrew Shaw, who was leading the effort,…

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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…

Buchanan Gauge Dock

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, and…

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2018 James River Transportation Festival, by Brian Coffield

On July 21, 2018, the VC&NS participated in the 7th annual James River Transportation Festival on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  This festival, which began in 2012, was conceived of by Peter Hamel, who is the Ridge District interpreter for the Blue Ridge Parkway.  His goal is to bring attention to the James River Visitors Center…

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Swiftwater Rescue Class to be held during the VC&NS Annual Conference Weekend, April, 23, 2016.

On Saturday April 23, 2016 The James River Batteau Festival will be represented by Chairman Andrew Shaw. A Swiftwater Rescue Class will be held near Lynchburg, VA led by Andrew and others. Many Batteau groups will be attending for hands on safety training by/in the river. Be sure to get a wetsuit that fits or…

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Inland Waterways International supports canal in Richmond

To all those interested in the future of Richmond’s historic canal: The attached letter is from Mr. D.J. Ballinger, president of the international canal organization Inland Waterways International, containing a resolution of support for the preservation and wise use of the remains of the James River & Kanawha Canal in Richmond. Originally known as the…

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Richmond’s History along the canal also had a narrow gauge railroad.

Another aspect of the historical significance of the site of Venture Richmond’s proposed amphitheater is the narrow gauge railroad tracks that are on the towpath of the south bank of the canal.  This railroad track probably connected Tredegar Iron Works with the iron works on Belle Isle.  The stone pillars and one section of trestle…

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Richmond, VA’s TV Channel 8 coverage of canal wall demolition.

The Channel 8 reporter is interested in getting to the bottom of the demolition of the 150 feet of canal wall on city property.  She has done three stories so far.  Jennifer had some excellent quotes. http://www.wric.com/global/Category.asp?c=190525&clipId=7869757&autostart=true http://www.wric.com/global/Category.asp?c=190525&clipId=7873928&autostart=true http://www.wric.com/global/Category.asp?c=190525&clipId=7878963&autostart=true The reporter got the contractor for the 2nd St. Connector project to show her the plans…

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OHNA calls for investigation into the destruction of canal property

Richmond, VA: The Oregon Hill Neighborhood Association (OHNA) acknowledges to Venture Richmond that OHNA made an incorrect assumption that Venture Richmond would be aware of bulldozers and construction crews operating on their own property, and therefore made the erroneous statement that Venture Richmond was responsible for the recent damage to the historic wall and canal.…

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Venture Richmond damages a portion of the historic James River and Kanawha Canal

RICHMOND, VA: On Tuesday September 16th, 2012, Venture Richmond proceeded to damage a portion of the historic James River and Kanawha canal bank and to destroy a century-old brick structural component of the canal. The Oregon Hill Neighborhood Association (OHNA) has called for the preservation of the 200 year old canal, built largely with slave labor when…