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Batteau House

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…

Canal Basin Dig Artifacts

A New Home For Number One

Written by Rachel Mahoney and edited by Bill Trout The frayed, rusty remains of a canal packet boat that provide the ghost of a glimpse of Virginia’s historic canal system now sit on display at its own exhibit next to the canal society’s Batteau House – a sight better than the muddy burial grounds it…

VC&NS Program & Displays

Rassawek Fall Festival

Bill Trout and I attended the Fall Festival at Rassawek on October 23 and 24, to represent the VC&NS and educate the public about our mission as well as to solicit new members. The event was very well advertised and over 5000 people came on the first day alone. Because we were located just inside…

Tiller

Storytellers Needed!

The Tiller magazine is a journal of what the canal society does, including special events we attend and accomplishments and milestones of our members. The James River Batteau Festival always provides us with opportunities to document great stories and we have one such story in hand that will be told in the upcoming Tiller. However,…

Batteau

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: https://www.river-management.org/symposium. 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…

James River

Amherst Reverse Holiday Parade

Laura Rann, the volunteer coordinator at the James River State Park, contacted me and asked if I would operate the sweep for the batteau Madison on an important adventure. As I’m not usually inclined to turn down a batteau trip, I said I’d love to help. It turned out that the adventure was to be…

VCNS Memorial

Ruth Harris – Rest in Peace.

The Virginia Canal’s and Navigations Society is sad to learn of the passing of Ruth Harris. Ruth was a past President of the VC&NS. She worked tirelessly for the lofty goals of the society. Many times she would drive from her home in the eastern part of Virginia to Lynchburg to conduct VC&NS business. Ruth…

Middle James Segment Plan

DRAFT MIDDLE JAMES SEGMENT PLAN

Jennifer Wampler of the Department of Conservation and Recreation has invited canal society members to inspect and comment on the draft  Middle James Segment Plan. This plan, covering the river from Lynchburg to Maidens (designated the James River Batteau Festival Trail)  is modeled on the segment plan developed by the National Park Service for the Lower…

Banister River

Banister River Historic District PIF (041-5311) SupportLetter-Town of Halifax

The State Review Board will consider concurring with staff recommendations for survey and nomination eligibility of the Banister River Navigation Improvements Historic District based upon the Preliminary Information Form (PIF) prepared by DHR: https://www.dhr.virginia.gov/pifs/banister-river-navigation-improvements-halifax-co-dhr-041-5311/ The Quarterly Joint meeting starts at 9:00 am on Thursday 09-17-2020; The State Review Board portion for the PIFs will commence…