The 2014 VC&NS Annual Meeting & Canal Conference
is scheduled for April 25-27, 2014 at the Glen Maury Park
In Buena Vista, Virginia at the Paxton House.
Virginia’s canal preservation organization, the Virginia Canals & Navigations society sets Annual Conference, an exciting weekend on the Maury River with a wide variety of activities open to the public
A very memorable conference is just ahead April 25-27 2014. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit the most concentrated display of ”canal works of art” in the Old Dominion.
We’ll begin with an archaeological dig on VMI Island conducted by W&L. This was a busy port beginning with the batteau era, known as Jordan’s Point. Students will be uncovering artifacts from the nineteenth century industry foundations there. Later eat hearty at a nearby restaurant, then attend our informative discussion on Virginia’s Scenic Rivers and Water Trails Friday evening.
Saturday We’ll raft the Maury below Lexington on our way to Buena Vista, stopping to study the impressive locks of the “North River Navigation” along the way. That night the exquisite Paxton House hosts our banquet and related activities. Built by farmer, businessman and batteau captain Elisha Paxton; and boyhood home of General Elisha F. “Bull” Paxton it has great historic significance. We’re also fortunate to have the convenient camping facilities of Glen Maury Park.
On Sunday, river permitting, we hope to follow the progress of batteau “Slate River” on the white waters below Buena Vista; enjoying the splendid locks along River road. Otherwise we’ll have a more leisurely tour of canal treasures with a stop in Glasgow for the Frank Padget monument, Glasgow’s new park and the overlook of Balcony Falls.
Planning continues, with updates to be posted here. Don’t miss the Maury in 2014!
And yes, your assistance will be appreciated, Contact Philip de Vos at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
ALSO if you have any updates for the Maury River Atlas, we are currently working on an updated version to be produced before the 2014 conference. Please email any corrections and additions to Bill Trout. thank you.