A Ferry Nice Day

(Oooh…sorry about that title…)

Remember the road trip I mentioned on Tuesday? Today, I’m sharing pictures from that trip.

A friend had told us some time ago about the Hatton Ferry, the last “poled” ferry in the country, located in Scottsville, Virginia .

Since Monday was a holiday, Motor Man didn’t go to his shop, and we set off that morning for Scottsville. It’s about a 3 hour drive from home.  En route, I went online on my cell phone and found a restaurant “Tavern On The James”, which sounded like a good place for lunch.


The interior was beautiful, our server, Christa, was wonderful, and the food was great.

tavern interior

Christa took us on a quick tour of the restaurant, seated us and then pointed out the window to “Sargeant”, the Scottsville Police Department cat. (He’s standing by the police car.)

db in tavern

So, of course, after lunch…..(you knew this was coming, didn’t you?).

db and sarg

We found this interesting little landmark showing the flood levels of the James River, prior to the levee being built in 1989.  The highest mark (just below the second story window) is from Hurricane Agnes in 1972.

agnes water level

We drove five miles out of town to the Hatton Ferry. This isn’t a great picture – it was taken through the windshield – but it gives you a good idea about the ferry.

driving on the ferry

The two-man crew was very friendly and offered to take a picture of us during the ferry ride.

on the ferry

The crew, “working the poles”:

working the poles

And this was taken as we were driving off on the other side. The James River is 512 feet wide at that point. (It’s about 4-and-a half miles across in our area.)

driving off

Just another reminder of my motto regarding Motor Man: “Life with you is like a road trip; we may not always know where we’re going, but it’s a sweet ride”.

A clue about tomorrow’s Friday’s Fences post: “Is that real?”.

23 responses to “A Ferry Nice Day

  1. Such a lovely and adventure-filled destination! I love riding along with you all. Thank you for sharing.

  2. What a FUN trip that must have been! We’ve been to Scottsville before but it was years ago……that restaurant looks quite nice and the ferry trip something different to do – love the way the “road on the other side” looks too. Yep – you and Motor Man are always on the go to some most interesting spots……


  3. The entire trip sounds like it was lots of fun…an interesting place to eat lunch and who could resist the ferry! You always say you never know what your day will bring with JR!! It’s never boring, that’s for sure!

  4. mollieandalfie

    What a fun trip 🙂 Have a wonderful day xxx
    Mollie and Alfie

  5. I am sure you realize this but Motor Man sure is a great sport; I don’t know many men, mine included, who have that sense of adventure and are willing to just “get up and go.” Thanks for the excellent tour; I really enjoyed it 🙂


  6. I know that ferry and Scottsville well! I saw John Boy Walton there when I was going to Longwood and they dedicated the ferry (I don’t know what for-maybe it was an anniversay) and also Scottsville floods at the drop of a hat and I seem to remember a busload from Longwood helping do sand bags. All these memories are vague–I don’t know why! The restaurant and police cat were great.

  7. What a cool thing to do! And as a bonus you got to meet a sweet kitty and have a great lunch! I love those kind of days.. 🙂

  8. I love trips like this!

  9. Great adventure! You post so many things that make me want to go visit!

  10. That is a marvelous motto :-).

  11. Wow! Now I want to go see this and get a ride across the river. I also saw kayaks in the background. Another plus! I need to know more!

  12. gosh, that would be hard work!

    love the police cat!

  13. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    I had no ideal a pole ferry was still around. How wonderful and fun. That’s sounds and looks like a great day trip for us too. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Quite the adventure ! – & the restaurant looks and sounds good, too ..
    Looking forward to tomorrow – but your hint gave it away; for me, at least !

  15. We not only get beautiful photos and stories from you on the everyday things in life like barns and fences and kitties, but now there is the pole drawn ferry excursion. So interesting Dianna and thanks for sharing.

  16. Thanks for taking us along on your adventure! It was fun! We’ve been on ferries, but never a pole one. Oh, and I liked your title — I think it’s fun to be punny! 😉

  17. very fun images, i love a good road trip!!

    ps…..nice footwear!!

  18. Wow, I didn’t know that there were still any poled ferries left. I enjoyed the pictures. What a fun day!

  19. Looks like a great trip! It just wouldn’t be right if a cat or horse didn’t show up. 🙂

  20. Love the adventures you take, and that is such a sweet motto. Have you ever taken the ferry to Tangier Island? We were wondering if it’s worth the trip.

  21. Love the photos! Can’t imagine pushing with poles…that really is old-fashioned. Fun day, fun title! ~ Sheila

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