We are seeking 20 volunteers of all races to assist in this endeavor. Registration is on a' first-come'  basis. Here is what you can expect:
  • Participants will enter the river at Cow's Ford on the Fauquier side ( this is also where all other guests and the choir will be gathered)
  • They will walk with guides a short distance up stream simulating where the refugee slaves would have entered the river from Culpeper County in 1862.
  • The River Bank Choir will be singing as they walk upstream.
  • At that point they will turn and recreate the journey downstream to where they will exit as the refugees did in 1862. (participants will exit where they entered)
  • The Recreation of the Crossing will be commemorated by The Reading of the Names of Culpeper County Slaves (only a partial list as time does not allow the reading of all known names)
  • *Normal Conditions: 90% of the journey will be on sand bars; 10% will actually be in the water crossing very mild rapids with an average depth of 6-8 inches. The river bottom is firm and absent of holes and debris.
  • Participants are required to wear water shoes, proper boots or tennis shoes.
  • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • All participants must preregister and sign a Waiver of Liability.
  • Participants will be accepted on a first come basis.
  • The organizers reserve the right to refuse entry to the river to anyone we feel may be at risk.
  • The organizers reserve the right to alter this portion of the program should the condition of the river be hazardous.
Click here to view the REGISTRATION FORM, download. fill in and email to
OR contact Zann Nelson at or 540-547-2395.

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