The James River and Kanawha Canal was a partially built canal in Virginia intended to facilitate shipments of passengers and freight by water between the western counties of Virginia and the coast. Ultimately its towpath became the roadbed for a rail line following the same course. Surveyed and planned by George Washington,  the canal project was begun in 1785 as the James ...
Buchanan Virginia is the western terminus of the James River & Kanawha Canal. Considered one of Virginia’s most remarkable engineering feats ever attempted, the Canal’s beginnings stretch back to 1785 when George Washington appeared before the General Assembly to propose building a canal from Tidewater up the James as far as practical, opening travel from the Atlantic to the Ohio River.
As the James River passed through the Confederate capital Richmond, it was the scene of much action in the Civil War, notably in the Peninsula Campaign, the Seven Days Battles and the Siege of Petersburg. James River and Kanawha Canal. The James River was considered a route for transport of produce from the Ohio Valley.
The James River and Kanawha Canal continued to operate until 1878, when it was sold to the Richmond and Allegheny Railroad, which laid track over the canal towpath. James River Canal Trail. Length: .4 mile, round trip Time: 20 minutes Difficulty: easy trail, though there are stairs leading on and off a bridge. For those interested in history, a ...
James River Canal Walk is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Richmond, Virginia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
George Washington had a vision of Richmond becoming a gateway to the west through a canal system that would connect the James to the Ohio River. While never fully reaching Ohio, in its heyday, the James River and Kanawha Canal brought goods and people aboard batteaux work boats to and from Richmond from as far away as Buchanan.
Downtown attractions on display. Stretching 1¼ miles along the James River canal and the Kanawha and Haxall canals, Canal Walk has access points at nearly every block between 5th and 17th streets.
The James River & Kanawha Company continued to operate the Virginia portion of the canal while competing with the developing railroad systems. In November 1877, a severe flood hit the James River Valley doing great damage to the canal system. On March 5, 1880, the James River & Kanawha Company ceased operations and went out of business.
In 1820, the James River Company signed their charter over to the state, which controlled the company until 1835, when the James River and Kanawha Company took over the canal effort. By 1840, canal construction was completed from Richmond to Lynchburg and by 1851 had reached what would be its final destination — Buchanan in Botetourt County.
Combine this with a walk along the James river for some peace and quiet. The canal is short but you could spend all day along the river. ... A canal walk does not sound very exciting but this one is very well put together. Start down at the 17th street end, which is all very daggy and located under road and rail flyovers, and finish up at the ...