Upper Appomattox Canal

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15 W. Bank Street
Post Office Box 2107
Petersburg, VA 23803
Region Central Virginia
Locality Petersburg City
Phone: (804) 733-2400
Phone2: (800) 368-3595
Fax: (804) 861-0883

The Upper Appomattox Navigation canal system was built between 1795 and 1850 and connected Petersburg with the Appomattox valley farms as far as Farmville. It was built and operated mostly by black laborers. The canal ran into Petersburg between Commerce and Upper Appomattox Streets roughly along the present railroad line. The canal basis was located near South Street and was the center for handling tobacco and produce brought in by batteaux. The canal era ended with the expansion of the railroad systems.

Last Updated: 6/1/2000 1:10 AM
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