Category Archives: Ancarrow’s Landing

Downtown Richmond’s boat landing has fisherman hooked on weekends

Fishermen line the walls of the Manchester Docks at Ancarrow's Boat Landing As I visited Ancarrow’s Boat Landing on Sunday for the unveiling of the markers on the Richmond Slave Trail, I couldn’t help but notice that the ratio of attendees for the historic moment were outnumbered at least 15 to 1 by fisherman. At 3 p.m., there was a 20 minute wait at the boat slip and the parking lot was constantly full. Continue reading


Richmond Slave Trail markers finally unveiled along historic path

Richmond Slave Trail marker: Creole RevoltAfter nearly 10 years of work and planning, the City of Richmond and the Slave Trail Commission has finally unveiled markers for the Richmond Slave Trail.  Seventeen markers along the path were unveiled Sunday and display information on the history of slavery in Richmond.  Continue reading

Richmond Slave Trail Emancipation Celebration Sunday

Richmond Slave Trail: Map for placement of markersThe ceremony to unveil markers along the Richmond Slave Trail was postponed from last weekend to this weekend, due to VCU’s appearance in the NCAA Final Four and that all the city dignitaries were in Houston for the game. Despite the prostests from the activist group Defenders for Freedom Justice & Equality and a bit of complaining from the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Michael Paul Williams, the ceremony will happen Sunday. From the Friends of James River Park: Continue reading

Slave Trail ceremony postponed a week, despite group’s protest

Walk the Richmond Slave TrailThe ceremony to unveil markers along the Richmond Slave Trail has been postponed a week due to VCU’s appearance in the NCAA Final Four (true), but when I saw the rest of this in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, I thought it was an April Fools’ Day joke: Continue reading

Last weekend for guided tours of heron rookery, Richmond Slave Trail

James River Park manager Ralph White led a tour of the great blue heron rookery with the Richmond Audubon Society at the Pipeline Rapids walkwayIf you’ve been holding out until warm weather and spring bursting out all over, this is your last chance for the guided tours to the Pipeline Rapids great blue heron rookery and the Richmond Slave Trail. Get out there and enjoy the scenery and the knowledge passed on from James River Park manager and naturalist Ralph White. Continue reading

Signage coming this month to complete Richmond Slave Trail


The Richmond Slave Trail Commission has been working hard to create and develop the 2.5 mile path retracing the steps taken by so many slaves during Richmond’s infamous time as a hub for slave trade. The idea of the trail began in the late 1990s and should finally be complete next month. See the report from NBC12’s Yvette Yeon:

You’ll soon see a whole lot of new trail markers and signage put up around Richmond’s Shockoe Slip. After two years, the Richmond Slave Trail is now complete. The trail starts at Ancarrow’s Landing just south of Shockoe Slip and the James River.

By April 3, all 17 markers should be in place.  Each one, illustrating what slaves went through at that particular spot, with pictures and explanations — something you can’t even see in the history books.

Tour the Richmond Slave Trail

Walk the Richmond Slave TrailJoin the James River Park System and the Friends of the James River Park for a walk on the Richmond Slave Trail.

When: Saturday, February 12 & 26, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Meet at Ancarrow’s Landing Park (Manchester Docks) (map)

What: Commemorate Black History Month by walking the route trod by enslaved Americans in the first 1/2  of the 19th century. Look for the many signs of slave labor still visible in Richmond. The walk is 2 miles one way, but can be shortened if group prefers to drive parts. Meet at Ancarrow’s Landing Park (Manchester Docks) located at the end of Maury Street 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (or 4 p.m.). $5/person.

Sponsors: James River Park System (Richmond Recreation, Parks & Community Facilities) and the Friends of the James River Park System (FOJRP) – 646-8911 – and

Also: There are great blue heron rookery tours on those dates