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Batteaux Float into Scottsville During Annual Festival

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

It may be hot and rainy Wednesday night in Scottsville, but that isn't stopping people from reliving a little bit of history.

This year marks the 29th year of the Batteau Festival. The festival is about a week long and showcases the batteaux, old cargo ships that were used to transport tobacco and other products up and down the James River.

Scottsville has strong ties to the history of trade on the river and the batteaux are making a stop there Wednesday before heading to Richmond.

“The town was built on the batteau, the river trade. The farmers over in the valley actually hauled produce all the way over here to go down to Richmond to sell,” said Rob Smith, Town Council member.

You can watch the boats come in and also enjoy music and dancing at the festival. It will run until about 10 p.m. Wednesday in Scottsville.

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