29th Scottsville Batteau Festival

By: News Email
By: News Email

June 18, 2014

The ships pulled in to cheers on Wednesday evening as part of the 29th Scottsville Batteau Festival.

The historic flat-bottomed boats stopped on their annual trip from Lynchburg to Richmond.

There were camps, live music, painters, food vendors all set up for the batteaux fans. Each year, the flotilla crosses through Scottsville on its journey down the James river.

People camp all along the routes and wait for them to dock each night. People get the chance to meet the crew and check out the inside of the boats.

Batteaux crew dress up in full historic gear to represent the history of the sailing ships that rolled through carrying goods, mainly tobacco, when the James was a gateway for trade.

Boats docked in Scottsville overnight, then depart Thursday to continue their 120 mile track.

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