River Heritage, Inc.
is dedicated to preserving the cultural history and heritage
of the villages of north Suffolk.
Eclipse and Hobson are three close-knit, historic communities
sharing a history of life on the water and on the farm.
The villages are located at the end of a peninsula bounded
by the Nansemond River, Chuckatuck Creek and the James River.
The villages originally made up a small area of the Nansemond
Indian landholdings prior to the English Colonial era. English
settlers occupied the area during the Jamestown era.
the early 1800's watermen migrated into the villages from
northern states, establishing an economy dependent on the
abundant resources provided by the three rivers. The early
settlers were primarily of European and African ancestry.
The peninsula location and relative isolation helped to
establish the villages as
self reliant, resourceful communities.
That strong sense of community continues to
exist among the current residents of the villages, including
the descendants of the early settlers and those who later
moved into the area.
Water Trail Map - Available
Detailed map showing our local waterways.
- Historic points of interest showcased on creeks
- Plants and animals along our shorelines
- Public Access Sites
Us for more details
- Use our form
page to order your maps
- These maps are FREE and available to the public
through Suffolk River Heritage, Inc.
Truckin' on the
- A cultural History of Churchland, West Norfolk,
Western Branch, and Bower's Hill
on the Western Branch, created by journalists John
H. Sheally II and Phyllis Speidell with educator Karla
Smith, captures the story of the truckers and the
community through the recollections of more than 100
people, the documented history of the area and a collection
of compelling vintage and contemporary photos.
Truckin' on the
Western Branchis available NOW.
Price: $40.00 (or buy from local
Publication sponsored by Suffolk River Heritage
In The News
of the Lower James River"
A recent River Talks presentation by Larry Saint (Photos
PASSING THE TIME - A recent article
by James Thomas Jr. about Peninsula In Passage
John H. Sheally II and writers Phyllis Speidell and Karla
Smith have teamed together to create another "as told
by" history book.
Peninsula In Passage joins The River Binds
Us to create a unique sense of place for Suffolk
Bennett's Creek, Driver, Harbor View and other
northern Suffolk villages are the focus of this new book.
Available at Suffolk Visitor's Center, Bureau of Tourism,
Bennett's Creek Pharmacy, Bennett's Creek Market, A Dodson's,
Crittenden Frame Shop and many other locations or order
River Binds Us
Suffolk River Heritage distributed copies
The River Binds Us to all the individuals interviewed
at no charge. Books have been made available to local churches
included in our stories as well as public and school libraries
in Suffolk and the surrounding Hampton Roads communities.
The DVD and electronic archives are available on the Suffolk
website as well as local libraries. A copy of the DVD is
included with each book.
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