Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief
5:06 PM EDT, July 29, 2012
BIG ISLAND, Va.
Traveling usually involves getting in a car, or maybe hopping on a bus or an airplane, but there was a time when navigating water was the fastest way to get around.
The National Park Service paid tribute to that form of transportation at the James River Transportation Festival, an event held Sunday along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Big Island.
"It was an idea one of my staff members brought to me, to highlight transportation in a transportation-related park," said Peter Hamel, a ranger for the National Park Service. "We started talking to folks and basically got together people who had expertise, to share their passion for transportation as well."
Sunday's event featured replicas of batteaus that used to float on the James.
Water wasn't the only form of transportation that was highlighted. The Chesapeake and Ohio Historical Society shared information about trains, and antique cars gave visitors a glimpse of America's earliest automobiles.
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