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Rassawek Autumn Festival – October 22-23, 2022

The role of the canal society in this year’s Autumn festival was different from last year when we displayed a batteau artifact and set up a table with VC&NS merchandise. This year, we provided volunteers to sell beer and wine at the old Short Pump garage, which has been relocated to Rassawek Vineyards along with…

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BIG Batteau T-Shirt SALE!!

On July 9th from Noon to 4 PM we will be selling 2022 JRBF T-shirts at the Virginia Canal & Navigations Society Headquarters at 3806 South Amherst Highway Madison Heights. Virginia.  Here’s a map link – https://goo.gl/maps/wFmSmPVmfE7buHQ88 Sales at the Festival were cut short this year and we have a large inventory.  NO INTERNET SALES…

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2022 James River Batteau Festival just around the corner. Batteaux Depart Lynchburg on the 120 mile epic voyage Saturday June 18th.

SATURDAY June 18th – Lynchburg to Galt’s Mill Stapleton Batteaux leave Percival’s Island in Lynchburg at 11:00am.  Public is invited to the island which is in Downtown Lynchburg to see the batteaux and cheer as they leave for Galt’s Mill/Stapleton. Saturday’s trip is approximately 14 miles and the festival participants will be camping the the…

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2022 Batteau Season off to a great start – The newly re-named “Batteau Sterling James” – Boat Flipping 4-9-22

It was a really great and beautiful day to drive from New London to Madison Heights to Batteau House and drop off some Slate River Atlases I bound for Pete Runge for an event coming up this month. (More details on the event to come.) I dropped of the box inside Batteau House and just…

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JRBF-2021-Maiden’s Landing – June 26, 2021 – 36th annual James River Batteau Festival ends quietly at Maiden’s Landing.

The 36th annual James River Batteau Festival ended on a nice day at Maiden’s Landing in Powhatan, Virginia. The new batteau built by Andrew Shaw and his friends came poling in looking great and was the first to arrive. Bill Trout was up on the bank overlooking the bridge and boat ramp area. He was…

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JRBF-2021-Cartersville – June 25-26, 2021.

The Cartersville site of the 36th annual James River Batteau Festival was quiet when I set up my tent on Thursday so I could attend a dinner with the Lady’s Slipper at Betty’s house on Church Street. The ladies had a very nice spread of food under an ez-up tent and had chairs spread across…