2018 James River Transportation Festival, by Brian Coffield

Batteau, James River & Kanawha Canal, James River Transportation Festival
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 and increase awareness of historical modes of navigation in the area. Participants this year included Brian Coffield, Bill Trout, Philip de Vos, Roger Nelson and Randy Waycaster. [caption id="attachment_15225" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The Batteau Slate River at the 2018 James River Transportation Festival.[/caption] Randy brought the batteau Slate River, which is the centerpiece of the festival, as he has done for the past six years,   The batteau sits in the James River within 100 feet from…
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