VC&NS President Brian Coffield’s Letter to members, October, 2020.

VC&NS President, Brian Coffield.

Dear VC&NS Members and all River and Canal people,

I have not authored dozens of books that have been printed thousands of times, and I may never be able to bring a lost history back to life. My name won’t be recognized as one that has done incredible work in canal exploration and preservation. I do have the pleasure of knowing someone who has done all of these things and more, and he is one of the founders of the Virginia Canals & Navigations Society. However, William E. Trout, III. Ph. D. (Bill) still has some goals to achieve.

One of his dreams is to have a central location to house a VC&NS museum, research center and archives. We have made a great start at achieving this goal with the Batteau House and now our 3000 sq. foot storage building is almost complete. Volunteers are on standby waiting for its completion.

So what can you do to help? First and foremost, please join the VC&NS if you are not already a member, and if you are, spread the word about our mission and help us increase our membership. We really need people and their passion to keep this dream alive and well. Also, in this trying time when there are fewer opportunities for people to get out and participate in activities, we can offer some options. We plan to schedule some workdays soon to start moving items into the storage building, and doing some more work on the Batteau House. All we need from you is a little of your time and energy, and of course bring your mask.

The website is available 24/7 to purchase books, atlases, membership and to make donations. Of course, we also bring you updates about what’s happening with the society as well.

If you have any questions, comments, or want to volunteer, you can contact me directly at

Thank you! 

Preserving History Keeps Paying It Forward.