The annual conference of Virginia’s canal preservation organization, the Virginia Canals & Navigations Society, will take place at Glen Maury Park April 25-27, with activities focused on the Maury River.
Friday’s activities will get under way with a tour of the archaeological dig at Jordans Point that has been undertaken by students at Washington and Lee University. Jordans Points was a busy port beginning with the batteau era. Students are finding artifacts from the 19th century industry located there.
At 6 p.m. that Friday, there will be a gala reception at the Paxton House, followed at 7 p.m. by talks on Scenic Rivers and Water Trails by Jennifer Wampler and Lynn Crump with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.
A rafting trip on the Maury River from Lexington to Buena Vista is planned for Saturday with stops at the historic locks along the way. Concurrently, there will be a walking tour of the canal locks from along the Chessie Nature Trail. These will conclude with an afternoon tour of the Buena Vista flood control project.
The organization’s annual meeting and banquet will be held at the Paxton House Saturday evening with local historian Dr. Horace Douty speaking.
On Sunday, a driving caravan will take participants on a tour of the locks and dams below Buena Vista along River Road. Participants will stop in Glasgow to honor Frank Padget, who lost his life saving others on the James River in the 1800s, and then proceed to the overlook near Balcony Falls to see where Padget died.