Civil War on the James Tour | Discover the James

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See sights and hear sounds from the past as your learn about the catastrophic events that transpired in the James River during the Civil War.

Trace the naval actions that took place in Dutch Gap, Trent’s Reach and Jones Neck from the year 1862 to 1865. Listen to Civil War interpreter Scott Williams as he recounts stories about the Confederate torpedoes, the Dutch Gap Canal, The Bermuda Hundred Campaign, and the James River Squadron’s desperate attempt to break out at Trent’s Reach. Watch these historic events come to life in the comfort of a 24-ft. covered pontoon boat in this 2-hour tour through the scenic James river.

See the website for varying schedules.


Open tour: $50/head

Booking your tour:

To reserve your slot and for more information, contact Mike Ostrander at or 804-938-2350.

“I was fortunate to experience the Civil War Tour on the James River with Capt. Mike and his partner, Historian Scott Williams.  As an avid history buff, I must say this was the most interesting and informative experience I have had regarding the Civil War.  And, with the added bonus of wildlife insights and watching Bald Eagle, Osprey and Great Blue Heron in the natural habitat, nothing quite compares.  Thanks to Mike and Scott for a great day on the River James … don’t miss out, it is a mind and eye opener.”  — Jerry G.

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