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Landlocked posted 01-11-2001 05:11 PM ET (US)   Profile for Landlocked   Send Email to Landlocked  
I have a potential opportunity to relocate from Nashville, Tn. to Richmond V.A. I've been seeking a chance for some-time to be closer to "real water" and not so "landlocked". I would like to hear from any members who live or have spent time in the area that can tell me about boating opportunities and general impressions of the town. Is this really where I should move my family to....

Jim I'll apologize in advance if I'm out of line for posting this question here if you object, remove - no hard feelings. Just looking for impartial info.

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DWJ posted 01-13-2001 05:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for DWJ  Send Email to DWJ     
I was born in Richmond and my company moved me to Memphis then to Melborne Fl. My wife and I still have a lot of family there so yearly trips are part of our life. There are several lakes in the area and of course the James River. The river below Richmond is great for fishing, skiing etc. Then of course Richmond is within 100 miles of several tidal rivers:Rapahannock, York etc. The old town has changed a lot since we left there, the people are friendly but a little stand-offish at first. Real Virginians are great people. Can't tell you much about the economy since our visits are mostly to visit family etc. I think you'll like though. DWJ...
Landlocked posted 01-13-2001 11:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
Thanks DWJ,

Richmond is a complete unknown to us so I appreciate the imput... We picked a few towns off the map that appeared to be centerally located between our families and just started sending out resumes. Figured now or never. Once the little one starts school, we'll be pretty much stuck.

I like the look of Richmond, just a little on the large side. Lot to consider.

I think the Montauk would be happy though!

Is the James navigable as far up as Richmond?


JC posted 01-14-2001 10:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for JC  Send Email to JC     
As far as I know there is still an active port just south of Richmond. However when you get into town the James river is just good for tubbing and white water rafts and canoes. same with the Appomattox in Petersburg. When we lived there the kepone issue kept us from eating anything from the James. I used to Live at Berkley Plantation [rental, and not to own] this is just across from Hopewell,the river is about 1 mile wide at this point. The rappahannock and the Pamunkey were always good to us and you will not want to miss the Oyester Festival in the fall. I have friends in Va. beach that have caught tarpoon in the bay. Plus the eastern shore I hope is still unspoiled. Onancock was a great get away. In the west about 4 hour drive torward Roanoke is Smith Mountain Lake. Big bass!! I loved the history and the outdoors that Virginia offers. There are some "BLUE BLOODS" that look down their nose at you but I never tried to run for office or join the Commonwealth Club so I just let them reminisce about Jeff Davis and Robert E. Lee and move on. I hope you will be happy with whatever decision you make. Moving can be hard on a family,but it can also be an adventure JC

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