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World Canals Conference

World Canals Conference 2021 to be held in Hagerstown, MD – August 30 – September 2, 2021.

By Bill Holdsworth C&O Canal Association Conococheague Aqueduct was restored to operational condition in 2019. A launch boat exits the aqueduct during opening day celebrations. Photo by Doug Zveare. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Association is getting ready to welcome canal enthusiasts from around the world to next year’s World Canals Conference August 30-September, 2021…

Scenic Rivers

Designated Scenic Rivers Part of the Scenic Virginia Photo Contest

The Scenic Virginia 2020 Virginia Vistas photo contest is now open. I’m thrilled to share that this year the Rivers & Waterways category is exclusive to designated Virginia scenic rivers!   This is a wonderful way to highlight the 50th anniversary of the Virginia Scenic Rivers Program. The annual contest promotes the preservation and protection…

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President’s Letter – May 20, 2020

Hello everyone, With so many things still being closed and our normal lives on a temporary hold, I’m really pleased to be able to share all the great things that we have accomplished in the last eight months! Last fall we began moving our canal basin dig artifacts from Kittiewan Plantation to the Batteau House.…

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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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Community Tap Night held at the James River Brewery in Scottsville, February 26th, 2020.

On February 26, 2020 the James River Brewery in Scottsville, VA hosted the VC&NS/JRBF in a fundraising event called the Community Tap Night.  This event came about because Roger Nelson had visited the brewery during a fundraising event for a different nonprofit organization. Roger generously supported that organization by purchasing an ice cold beverage.  Curious…

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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…

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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…