Second Annual Amherst County Batteau Day – June 9, 2018.





The second annual Amherst County Batteau Day was held beside Rucker Landing beside the James River on the Amherst County Side.

The weather was beautiful as I toured the various period craft booths and groups such as the Daughters of the American Revolution and a nice group of ladies from the Legacy group.

A man played his instruments and sang in front of the James River Association’s Lynchburg office. Dr. Bill Trout and Philip de Vos had the VC&NS booth with the many publications and information on display.

Octavia Starbuck was all smiles as she rode the golf cart to check on things. Mike Rucker and Jeff Taylor put on a skit about the history of the batteaux in Amherst County.

The batteau Lizzy Langley was beside the boat ramp as Dillon Schumacker and many of the crew packed oakum and worked on the boat getting ready for the launch of the JRBF next Saturday from Percival’s Island. The crew gave some public festival attendees a nice ride up the river a ways and back to the boat ramp.

Working up an appetite taking photos I had a really nice BBQ and later some of the kettle popcorn that was cooked on site a little while earlier. I could see the crew of the batteau sitting on the boat so I got them a big bag of the popcorn and told them it was a boat donation. 

This years event was nice and I look forward to next year.

Holt Messerly, VCNS Publications