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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…

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36th Annual James River Batteau Festival – Start at Percival’s Island – June 19th, 2021.

The 36th annual James River Batteau Festival began with the loud boom of the cannon aboard the batteau Lizzie Langley beside Percival’s Island. The boats looked great, the weather was beautiful and everyone was in great spirits. Jeff Taylor announced the batteaux as they began their 8 day journey to Maiden’s Landing, near Richmond, VA.…

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Batteaux to launch from Percival’s Island Saturday.

From JRBF Chairman Andrew Shaw: With social distancing restrictions lifted, Lynchburg is now allowing our traditional Percival’s launch.   Batteaux are encouraged to stop at Percival’s Island, as traditionally done in the past, to prepare for the official launch, signaled by the cannon blast from the Lizzie Langley at 11:00am.   Jeff Taylor will announce…

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Mac Sammon’s Letter to the VC&NS & JRBF – May 20, 2020.

Longtime VC&NS member & JRBF participant, Mr. Mac Sammons, (above photo with blue vest) has challenged all members to donate $1000 towards our museum and preserving history. Mac wrote a nice letter regarding the recent Sweep sent out via email: Click here to see the pdf file of Mac’s May 20th, 2020 letter.