Monday, November 7, 2011

Episode 87 (November 7, 2011): "Falls of Richmond" by Timothy Seaman

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From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of November 7, 2011.

This week we feature a musical selection that celebrates a whitewater jewel in the middle of Virginia’s capital city.  Have a listen for about 40 seconds.

You’ve been listening to “Falls of Richmond,” performed by Timothy Seaman on his 2004 CD, “Virginia Wildlife,” from Pine Wind Music.  The falls of Richmond are the series of scenic and dramatic rapids marking the Fall Line in the James River, where the river flows out of the Piedmont and into the Coastal Plain.  While providing today’s Richmond with natural habitat, scenery, and challenging whitewater paddling, the falls area also has many historical connections to the city’s role in transportation, industry, and the Civil War.  The James River Park System, started from an initial land donation in 1972, now includes 550 acres of shoreline and islands throughout most of Richmond’s Fall Line area, creating what the Friends of James River Park call a “watery and woodsy gem of a public park.”  Thanks to Timothy Seaman for permission to use this week’s music.

For other water sounds and music, and for more Virginia water information, visit our Web site at, or call us at (540) 231-5463.  From the Virginia Water Resources Research Center in Blacksburg, I’m Alan Raflo, thanking you for listening, and wishing you health, wisdom, and good water.

Acknowledgments: Music on the CD “Virginia Wildlife” is copyright 2004 by Timothy Seaman and Pine Wind Music, used with permission.  “Falls of Richmond” was also featured in the sound segment of Virginia Water Radio Episode 62 (week of 4-18-11).

Sources: Information about the James River falls at Richmond was taken from the James River Association’s James River Water Trail Map (Middle Section, Map 6); and the Web site of the James River Park System, at (source of quote is  The “Virginia Wildlife” CD was a collaboration between Mr. Seaman and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries; for more information, visit

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