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July 11, 2019 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County: Rebuttals to an Inlet at Perkins’ Falls, Part V

Canal Travel.

 

Need to catch up? Click here: Buckingham County: Rebuttals to an Inlet at Perkins’ Falls, Part I

Unfortunately for the citizens of central Buckingham County, the Directors of the James River and Kanawha Canal Company did not create access at any of the locations suggested. Left without a central bridge, farmers along Slate River had no choice but to haul their product by wagon to New Canton where they could cross the bridge to the canal. Or use the ferries at Warren, Scottsville or Bolling’s Landing.

Scottsville historian Richard Nicholas helped clarify the situation: “There were only three southside connection bridges on the entire canal: Duiguidsville (Bent Creek), Hardwickesville (Wingina) and New Canton, leaving most of the farmers on the south side of the river cut off from the canal with no easy access. The canal company might have almost doubled their traffic by expanding access to those on the south who wanted to ship on the canal.”

Other Slate River Ramblings followers wondered about the exact location of Perkins’ Falls. Richard Nicholas suggested, “If Perkins’ Falls was 12 miles north of Hocker’s Mill on the James River, it was approximately someplace between Howardsville and Warren.”

If Perkins’ Falls was near Hardwickesville, the proposal doesn’t seem to make sense when there was a bridge there.

Can a Slate River Ramblings reader help with the exact location of Perkins’ Falls?

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