• History Afloat

    120 River Miles | 8 days | from Lynchburg, VA to Richmond, VA
  • History Afloat

    120 River Miles | 8 days | from Lynchburg, VA to Richmond, VA
  • History Afloat

    120 River Miles | 8 days | from Lynchburg, VA to Richmond, VA

JOURNEY

James River Batteau Festival

About JRBF

Even though the working batteau is no longer used, historians and river enthusiasts still keep the memory alive. Batteau crews have hand built replicas of the 18th & early 19th century flat wooden cargo vessels once used to haul tobacco to travel on an 8 day journey from Lynchburg, VA to Maiden’s Landing in Powhatan, VA. Since 1985, the James River Batteau Festival, an annual event sponsored by the Virginia Canal & Navigations Society has had as many as 25 boats and their crews travel the 120 river mile (200 km) distance each year. This event has also become very popular for kayakers and canoeists who enjoy floating along amongst the batteaux on their voyage.

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Batteaux have great launch from Percival’s Island today, June 15th, 2019.

The weather was great for the start of the 2019 James River Batteau Festival. It was nice and clear and…

JRBF – Getting ready at Ruckers Landing – Friday Night, June 14th, 2019.

The 2019 James River Batteau Festival is ready to launch on Saturday! This evening batteaux were getting supplies and their…

FOOD AT SITES UPDATED for Galt’s Mill, Bent Creek, Wingina, Howardsville, Slate River & Cartersville

Please note that the food available at three sites has been updated as follows: Revised 6-13-19, 7:00-a.m. Galt’s Mill Supper…