Cape Fear River Atlas – First Edition, 2016

Cape Fear River Atlas, River Atlases
The Virginia Canals & Navigations Society is proud to announce the publication of the Cape Fear River Atlas, First Edition - 2016. Authors W.E. Trout, III, John Hairr and Nancy R. Trout. This new atlas is 151 pages plus covers and is plastic spiral bound. PLEASE POST Before railroads were unheard of, rivers were the superhighways of the time – the arteries of commerce. Rivers carried the products of the farm, of the mine, and of the forest to market – preferably to coastal markets and to the world. North Carolina had only one river with a deep-water coastal port, and that was the Cape Fear. All of her other major rivers run out of the state, or into coastal sounds with only shallow openings to the sea. Put a…
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VC&NS New Publication: The Belle of Rose Isle, A model-maker’s case study of The Reverend Robert Rose’s Double Dug-Out Canoe.

Robert J. Faught, Robert Rose's Double Dug-Out Canoe, VC&NS Books
The Virginia Canals & Navigations Society is proud to announce the publication of The Belle of Rose Isle, A model-maker's case study of The Reverend Robert Rose's Double Dug-Out Canoe. By Robert J. Faught, edited by W.E Trout, III, and W.H. Messerly, Jr. This book explores the history of Robert Rose's double dug-out canoe by the author's models that he made to study the various theories about the size of the boats and how many hogsheads each might have carried etc. Many entries from Robert Rose's diary are cited to help explore this important early history of navigation and trade on the James River before the invention of the Batteau. [ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="17" display_type="photocrati-nextgen_pro_slideshow" image_crop="0" image_pan="1" show_playback_controls="1" show_captions="0" caption_class="caption_overlay_bottom" caption_height="70" aspect_ratio="1.5" width="100" width_unit="%" transition="fade" transition_speed="1" slideshow_speed="5" border_size="0" border_color="#ffffff" ngg_triggers_display="always" order_by="sortorder"…
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Introducing our 2017 Fundraising Campaign – “Friends First”

Batteau House, VC&NS Home Fund
"FRIENDS FIRST" Campaign "UPDATE" for Batteau House- 2016-2017 We have received a $1,000 donation from Mike Rutgers and another $1,000 from the VCNS Board of directors, of which Dr Trout has matched both of these donations.  Also have received $75.00 so far from our GoFundMe account on Facebook.  I am sure there has been other donations, however these are the only ones I know of.  With the $2,000 match plus the $75 we have reached $4,075.00 toward our goal of $10,000. There are pictures of the inside of the museum for all to look at, take a moment and enjoy what is happening. We are working on making sure our Batteau History/Museum can be shared with the public. Over the years members have been collecting archives, artifacts and memorabilia of…
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Palmyra Lock Cleanup a Success

Fluvanna County, VC&NS Canal Lock Cleanup
[caption id="attachment_14874" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The Lock at Palmyra - AFTER Cleanup, 2016Photo by Brian Coffield[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14867" align="aligncenter" width="588"] Palmyra Lock - After Cleanup - 2016.Photo By Brian Coffield[/caption] On Saturday, November 12, 2016, a small band of canal enthusiasts armed with chain saws launched a post-dawn raid on the lock at Palmyra Mills, beside the Rivanna River. The goal was to catch up on tree removal and uncover partially buried portions of the lock. The VCNS has been doing cleanups at this lock for decades. The lock at Palmyra Mills is the only intact structure in this area that boasts a mill ruins, dam ruins and covered bridge piers. The lock is by no means in perfect condition, but at 165 years old and only cared for by volunteers,…
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Great Bridge Heritage Festival a Success

VC&NS Program & Displays, Waterways Heritage Festival
[caption id="attachment_14861" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Dr. Bill Trout at the Great Bridge Waterways Heritage Festival, 2016.[/caption] The Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways History Foundation held their 7th annual Waterways Heritage Festival on October 15th, 2016. The festival is held at a park in Chesapeake, Virginia adjacent to where the Elizabeth River meets the Chesapeake and Albemarle Canal. It is free, includes boat rides through the Great Bridge Lock and has many vendors and attractions celebrating Chesapeake’s waterways and cultural heritage. The organizers feature the VC&NS prominently in their advertising for this event, and generously provide hotel lodging and food to the VC&NS volunteers. They very much appreciate having a batteau in attendance at the festival. This event is well attended, and this year was no exception, in spite of the fact…
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