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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…

Lock Cleanup Event

Broken Island Lock Cleanup event held.

Broken Island Lock Cleanup In the Spring of 2020, I was contacted by Ronda Beck of the Broken Island community, a neighborhood on the Rivanna River. In this neighborhood there is a historic canal lock and dam, which are situated on private property, but Ronda was willing to arrange access for volunteers interested in helping…

VCNS Annual Conference & Membership Meeting

VC&NS 2021 Annual Membership Meeting & Conference, April 20-21, 2021.

VCNS ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING April 10-11, 2021 Batteau House 3806 South Amherst Highway Madison Heights, Virginia 24572 Saturday April 10 10:00 am: Board of Directors meeting 11:00 am – 5:00 pm  Completing unfinished projects at Batteau House (cleaning and minor maintenance) 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Potluck supper – please bring a dish! 6:00 pm:…

VCNS Meetings

VC&NS 2020 – 2021 Meeting Schedule

Meeting Schedule for VCNS/JRBF October 10, 2020 – BOD meeting – 10:00 am – Zoom link will be sent in advance January 9, 2021 – BOD meeting – 10:00 am – Zoom link will be sent in advance February TBD, 2021 – JRBF committee meeting April 10/11, 2021 – Annual membership/BOD meeting (tentatively planned for…