James River Batteau Festival

James River Batteau Festival

The Lynchburg Batteau Festival is the kick-off event for the James River Batteau Festival, an 8-day journey down the James River from Lynchburg to Maidens Landing using recreated late 18th & early 19th century cargo boats called Batteaux (plural of Batteau).

Watch the launch of the many replica batteaux as they begin their journey down the river, and enjoy activities and entertainment that highlight the history of the batteau and of the James River – including traditional music, educational activities, historic games, crafts & t-shirt painting for children, petting zoo, demonstrations, food trucks, and more!