Andrew Shaw

Footprints on the James

Andrew Shaw is adventuring and investigating in the history-steeped rivers of Virginia. In order to better understand how these important natural features were used for mass transit and economics long before cars even existed, he is traveling their lengths the ...

Marshall Expedition Recap

200 years ago today Chief Justice John Marshall, along with a crew of boatmen, completed a river survey through Appalachia aimed at determining the feasibility of a canal that would connect Richmond with the Ohio River Valley.  A canal would drastically ...

Marshall Expedition: Buchanan, VA to Sandstone Falls, WV

A lot has happened in the last few weeks on the Marshall Expedition.  At last writing the crew was holed up in Buchanan, VA waiting out the rain with about 65 more up-river miles to cover.  The river increased in difficulty ...

Marshall Expedition: Into Appalachia

Having traveled 138 miles upriver through the Piedmont, the Marshall Expedition trailered the boat around 23 miles of dams to Snowden, Virginia where we began our ascent through the James River Gorge: by far the most challenging part of our upriver journey.  ...

Marshall Expedition arrives in Lynchburg, VA

Last night at about nine o’clock the crew of the Marshall Expedition poled into Lynchburg, VA (where four of the six crew call home) greeted by about 40 friends and family members and a pot luck dinner.  Physically drained but ...

The Marshall Expedition

200 years ago Chief Justice John Marshall lead a six week river survey through western Virginia to determine the feasibility of realizing Washington’s vision of establishing a river based trade route between the eastern seaboard and the Ohio River Valley.  ...