“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Scottsville in Albemarle County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Hatton Ferry

Hatton Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 8, 2009
1. Hatton Ferry Marker
Inscription. Five miles southwest of here is the Hatton Ferry on the James River which began operating in the 1870s. James A. Brown established the ferry and a store on land first rented and then purchased from S.P. Gantt in 1881. In 1883 when a post office was approved for the store, it was named Hatton for the young federal postal official who signed the authorizing documents. The ferry is one of the only two poled ferries still functioning in the continental United States.
Erected 1987 by Department of Conservation and Historic Resources. (Marker Number GA-38.)
Location. 37° 48.48′ N, 78° 30.162′ W. Marker is in Scottsville, Virginia, in Albemarle County. Marker is at the intersection of Irish Road (Virginia Route 6) and James River Road, on the right when traveling west on Irish Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Scottsville VA 24590, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Scottsville Confederate Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Historic Scottsville (approx. 0.8 miles away); Hurricane Camille (approx. 0.8 miles away); Barclay House and Scottsville Museum
Hatton Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 8, 2009
2. Hatton Ferry Marker
(approx. 0.8 miles away); Scottsville (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Glebe (approx. 3.3 miles away); a different marker also named Hatton Ferry (approx. 3.4 miles away); Ferries In Virginia/TheHatton Ferry/Heritage (approx. 3.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Scottsville.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. These are the other Hatton Ferry markers.
Also see . . .  The Hatton Ferry, ca. 1910. “The Hatton ferryboat is flat-bottomed with a deck hovering a few inches above the waterline. A stout cable is attached to one of the boatís ends and guided by an overhead wire connecting the two river banks about 700 feet away. One cable allows the stern to swing gently downstream, following the current. The other retards a similar reaction by the prow, and together the cables control the craft in its river passage and harness the natural power of the river. The boat caught at an angle by the current, floats steadily across the river. As the ferry approaches the riverbank, the ferryman cranks a hand winch to roll up the cable at the boatís stern. With a few jabs of the ferrymanís pole at the tripís end, the ferry slips onto its riverbank landing.” (Submitted on April 15, 2009.) 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
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