Maidens in Goochland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Early Transportation on the James River
Batteau boats, some up to 60 feet in length, were designed to carry twelve hogsheads (very large wooden barrels) of tobacco downstream to Richmond to be sold at the market. For many batteaux, the trip to Richmond was one-way; with some dashed to pieces in a rapid or dismantled for lumber in Richmond. Most likely, only a third of the boats would be poled back upriver to bring the crew home with supplies shipped from outside the colony.
Batteaux were still used on many of the smaller rivers, and in some cases, used until the twentieth century. African-American slaves often navigated the bateaux and canal boats, also provided the labor for the construction of the canal.
Erected by Friends of Goochland Parks.
Location. 37° 39.955′ N, 77° 53.271′ W. Marker is in Maidens, Virginia, in Goochland County. Marker can be reached from Maidens Loop west of Maidens Road (U.S. 522), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Located in Tucker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Maidens Adventure Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Maidens, Virginia (approx. ľ mile away); Michaux Grant (approx. 0.7 miles away); Goochland Courthouse (approx. 1.1 miles away); Goochland County Courthouse (approx. 1.2 miles away); Monocan Indians Village of Pineville (Michaux) (approx. 1.4 miles away); Beaverdam Episcopal Church (approx. 2.5 miles away); The 1936 Virginia Prison Recordings (approx. 3.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Maidens.
Also see . . . Tucker Park at Maidens Crossing. (Submitted on August 8, 2015.)
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