• 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

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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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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 &…

The 37th Annual James River Batteau Festival is now in the history books!!

The enjoyment we’ve had over more than three and a half decades, along with the attention we’ve brought to the…

Don’t have a BATTEAU? You can still join us on the Mighty James River!

Have you ever thought about taking a canoe or kayak down the James during the Batteau Festival and then been…