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Scottsville in Albemarle County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Hatton Ferry

 
 
Hatton Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, August 29, 2008
1. Hatton Ferry Marker
Inscription.  James A. Brown began operating a store and ferry at this site on rented property in the late 1870’s. In 1881 he bought the land from S. P. Gantt at which time the store became a stop on the Richmond and Alleghany Railroad. Two years later, Brown was authorized to open a post office in his store, which was named Hatton for the young federal postal officer who signed the authorizing documents. The ferry is one of only two poled ferries still functioning in the continental United States.
 
Erected 1987 by Department of Conservation and Historic Resources. (Marker Number GA-37.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Postal Mail and Philately series list.
 
Location. 37° 45.564′ N, 78° 30.781′ W. Marker is in Scottsville, Virginia, in Albemarle County. Marker is on Hatton Ferry Road 0.2 miles south of Hatton Ferry Lane, on the left when traveling south. The marker is actually at the intersection of an unnamed
View Hatton Ferry Marker with the old store in the background. image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, August 29, 2008
2. View Hatton Ferry Marker with the old store in the background.
road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Scottsville VA 24590, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Hatton Ferry (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wilson Cary Nicholas (approx. 2.6 miles away); Hurricane Camille (approx. 2.9 miles away); Historic Scottsville (approx. 2.9 miles away); Scottsville (approx. 2.9 miles away); Barclay House and Scottsville Museum (approx. 2.9 miles away); Scottsville Confederate Cemetery (approx. 3.1 miles away); a different marker also named Hatton Ferry (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scottsville.
 
Regarding Hatton Ferry. The Hatton Ferry operates, river levels permitting, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., April 15 through October 15. It is a free ferry. Contact: (434) 296-1492.
 
Also see . . .  Historic Hatton Ferry. (Submitted on October 23, 2008, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.)
 
Additional comments.
1. S.P. Gantt
S.P. Gantt was Sarah Perkins Gantt, the widow of John Weems Gantt. Together with their sons they had owned much of the land west of Scottsville along the James
The Hatton Ferry today image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, August 29, 2008
3. The Hatton Ferry today
River as far as Howardsville.
    — Submitted March 20, 2020, by Leroy A Keller, Jr of Glen Allen, Virginia.
 
Replica of the Ferry Operator's House image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, August 29, 2008
4. Replica of the Ferry Operator's House
Today the ferry operator waits here for customers.
Poling the Hatton Ferry image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, August 29, 2008
5. Poling the Hatton Ferry
The operator by manipulating a cable uses the current to propel the ferry, but at times must resort to using a pole to push it along.
Approach to the Hatton Ferry image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, August 29, 2008
6. Approach to the Hatton Ferry
This is the approach to the ferry on the south side of the James River.
Sign on board the Hatton Ferry image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, August 29, 2008
7. Sign on board the Hatton Ferry
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 23, 2008, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 829 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 23, 2008, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.
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