End of the Canal: The Railroads Advance - Will Be Rescheduled Soon!
By 1880, the James River and Kanawha Canal was at its end. Floods, war, steel rails, and steam engines all contributed to its demise. Envisioned by leaders such as George Washington, canals were seen as the superhighway across America that would link the eastern states to the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and the Gulf of Mexico. From 1840 to 1880, the canal was Lynchburg’s pathway to the world, but that world was about to change.
On Thursday, February 26th, former Museum Director Tom Ledford’s program will focus on how the railroads took over the canal right -of -way and changed the towpaths to rail beds. Ledford was director of the Lynchburg Museum System from 1976 until 2005 and is a noted railroad and transportation historian.
The program is part of the Experience The James: Lynchburg’s Pathway to the World exhibit. A number of public programs are being held in conjunction with the exhibit on the history, ecology, archaeology, and art of the river that created the city. The exhibit will remain on display at the Lynchburg Museum through December 31, 2015.
The program will be in the Main Gallery of the Lynchburg Museum, 901 Court Street, at 3 pm. Museum Members are free and admission for all others is $10 per person. Refreshments will be served and the Museum will remain open after the talk for tours until 5 pm.