Posts Tagged ‘canal cruise boats’

Weekend Happenings in Richmond

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

There’s lots in store for Richmond, Virginia residents and visitors this weekend!

Strawberry Hill Races takes place at Colonial Downs on Saturday with gates opening at 11 AM.  It’s a veritable rite of spring with spectators decked out in seersucker, sundresses and fancy hats worthy of Derby distinction. For the first time, the Virginia Racing Commission will permit pari-mutuel wagering on four steeplechase races. The Preakness Stakes, the second leg in horse-racing’s famed Triple Crown, a=is also scheduled for Saturday. It will be broadcast live via simulcast at about 6:35 PM.  INFO.    (more…)

Canal Cruise Through Richmond’s Past

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

George Washington’s vision for a canal system in Virginia began in the 18th century to bypass the falls of the James river.  By 1840, the canal was completed from Richmond to Lynchburg and passengers, wheat, and tobacco filled the boats that cruised its waters. The railroad thundered onto the scene by the 1880′s and canal travel was obsolete.  By the turn of the century, the canals were abandoned and fell into disrepair.  Today Richmond’s canal has been restored and flat-bottomed boats steered by your captain offer unmatched views of the city of Richmond as well as the natural beauty of the James River.   (more…)