Brian CoffieldJames River Batteau FestivalPresidents Letter

Thank you JRBF supporters, from Brian Coffield – VC&NS President.

Attention supporters and participants of the James River Batteau Festival!

The VCNS would like to thank you for your support over the years, and we hope things will be back to normal for the 2021 JRBF.

As you know, the VCNS is the parent organization of the JRBF. We’re a nonprofit that is supported primarily by membership fees and sales of atlases, and this is the time of year when we typically promote membership and sales at various events, festivals, etc. Due to the cancellation of many public events this year, we have very limited opportunities to raise funds or even public awareness of our organization.

You can help! If you’re not a member, please join. If you are a member, please encourage others to join our unique organization.

Don’t forget, all of our members get a 20% discount on books and atlases, plus you will receive the annual Tiller magazine. Content for the Tiller is provided mainly by members and we welcome fresh perspectives on Virginia navigation history, our society’s mission and the batteau festival.

If you are interested in helping and/or joining us, please go to then select the membership dues item. ie single or couple, etc. and pay through PayPal. We accept PayPal accounts OR Credit Cards. (PayPal services the transaction for the VC&NS in either way.)

Thank you,
Brian Coffield
President, VC&NS