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2017 Season at the Hatton Ferry

Hatton Ferry will open on April 15 for the 2017 season!!! Join us on Saturday's from 9am - 5pm and Sunday's from 12 noon to 5pm to experience this unique piece of history. Like us on Facebook Hatton Ferry ca. 1870 Last Poled Ferry in the United States for more information!

Exhibit at Hatton Ferry

For the first time in nearly 30 years, a new exhibit is available at the Hatton Ferry. Unveiled at the Opening Day Picnic in 2014, the exhibit is a wealth of information, images and maps featuring the history of Hatton Ferry, river transportation, great floods on the James, the origin of 'Hatton', and the history of ferries in Virginia. Click here to view the exhibit online.

About Hatton Ferry

The Hatton Ferry is located outside of Scottsville and runs from Saturday 9-5 and Sunday Noon-5 from mid-April through the end of October. It is operated during most federal holidays during the operational period. Visit Hatton Ferry ca. 1870 Last Poled Ferry in the United States on Facebook, email, or call the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) at 434.296.1492 to make sure the ferry is in service.

This will be the seventh 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. If you would like to make a donation, please email for more information.


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 and we urge you to help us with this worthy cause. Any assistance you can give us will be greatly appreciated.