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AMHERST COUNTY MUSEUM PRESENTS THOMAS JEFFERSON AND DR. BILL TROUT DISCUSSING BATTEAUX AND CANALS ON JANUARY 8, 2023

Thomas Jefferson and Dr. Bill Trout, both having slipped through the time portal, will engage in conversation on batteaux and canals, and will answer questions posed by Moderator Jeff Taylor and the audience.

Jefferson is portrayed by Bill Barker, courtesy of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Monticello. In 1977, Dr. Trout founded the Virginia Canals and Navigations Society (VC&NS), now located in Amherst County at the Batteau House. He was instrumental in the Richmond “Basin Dig” in 1983 where volunteers excavated wooden batteau sterns and bows, canal boats, a wooden freight boat, a packet boat, and boxes of artifacts, including shards, utensils, animal bones, pottery, and leather shoes. The boxes now reside at the Batteau House and await researchers’ investigative skills to tell the stories.

The program is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 8, 2023. The Museum is located at 154 South Main Street in Amherst. Light refreshments will be served.

Tickets are $10.00 online at https://tinyurl.com/24ycju7s or $10.00 prepaid at the Museum. $15.00 at the door. Tickets are limited. Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the program time.

This program is made possible with funding from The Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation, the Town of Amherst, and Amherst County.

The Amherst County Museum and Historical Society is a nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to discover, collect and preserve objects related to the history and genealogy of Amherst County. The society exhibits, interprets, and offers its collections to provide educational experiences for people of all ages.

For additional information contact Octavia Starbuck, Director, Amherst County Museum and Historical Society at 434-946-9068 or by the website email: staff@amherstcountymuseum.org.