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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Maidens VA 23102, 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. Maidens Adventure Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Maidens, Virginia (approx. ¼ 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. 2½ miles away); The 1936 Virginia Prison Recordings (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Maidens.
Also see . . . Tucker Park at Maidens Crossing. (Submitted on August 8, 2015.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 8, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 446 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on August 8, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. 2, 3. submitted on August 8, 2015. 4, 5. submitted on August 8, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.