Hatton Ferry, the last hand poled ferry operating in the United States. The Hatton Ferry will commence its 2014 operating season Saturday April 19.The ferry will run each weekend through October on Saturday from 9 to 5 and Sunday noon to 5 and by special appointment.
A ride on the ferry is a unique opportunity to experience times past; ferries have served Albemarle and Buckingham Counties since the mid-eighteenth century, and provided a means by which European settlers could communicate with other settlers and establish commercial ventures. A small exhibit explores the history of the ferry, and visitors may ride across the river at no charge (although donations are execpted) if water levels permit.
Hatton Ferry is located in southern Albemarle, five miles outside of Scottsville on Hatton Ferry Road. Under ideal conditions, a round-trip crossing takes about 30-45 minutes. No more than two cars and six people can be taken at one time. The Hatton Ferry is located in southern Albemarle, a few miles outside of Scottsville. *The ferry cannot operate when the water level in the James River is too high or too low. For information about weather-related closings, call the Albemarle County Historical Society at (434) 296-1492, visit our website at thehattonferry.org, or friend us on Facebook for easy weekly updates.