Date: Saturday, April 19, 2014, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cost: $10 advance purchase/$12 at event
This will be the fifth year the ferry has been run by the non-profit Hatton Ferry after VDOT decided to end their association with the ferry.
The operation of the ferry relies solely on donations given to ride the ferry and from the kind generosity of other supporters. In an effort to raise the much-needed funds, the Hatton Ferry committee will be sponsoring a picnic on opening day, April 19th, from 11 am - 2 pm. Advance tickets are $10 until April 12 and $12 after. The meal will consist of stew, salad and a beverage (hot dogs will also be available). Tickets may be purchased on the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society website. NO REFUNDS
At 1 pm on opening day, the ferry committee will unveil a new exhibit on the history of the ferry, the James River and river transportation. This exhibit will replace one that was installed by the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society in 1986.
The Hatton Ferry is the last pole operated ferry in America. America moved west on these ferries and it is only fitting that the last one is still working on America’s River, the birth place of the first permanent English settlement, Jamestown on the James River. The ferry has crossed the river for over 140 years. It has carried farm products, the mail and vehicles both horse drawn and motorized from Buckingham County to Albemarle County and back.
This is living history worth saving for future generations.
The Hatton Ferry is a non-profit organization that relies on donations to save this piece of American history. We urge you to help us with this worthy cause.
Any assistance you can give us will be greatly appericated.