photo by: Kris Weinhold

National Treasures

James River

  • Location: Jamestown, Virginia

The James River flows through a collection of nationally recognized cultural, historic, and natural resources located in Virginia’s Historic Triangle - a region which receives over 3.5 million visitors annually. Our objective is to persuade decision-makers to bury the transmission line or adopt an alternative route that would protect the evocative landscapes of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, Historic Jamestowne, Colonial Parkway, and Carter’s Grove.

Named to the National Trust’s 2013 11 Most Endangered list and a part of the nation’s first nationally designated water trail, the James River has been the site of significant historical events stretching back before the founding of the United States. From serving as the site of the first permanent English colony in America at Jamestown in 1607, to being a transportation route during the Revolutionary War, to serving as the site of Civil War battles and more, the James River has been the site of events integral to the history of America. The cultural resources located along the James River are indelibly entwined with America’s early history, as well as the region’s environmental and economic well-being.

Dominion’s project proposes constructing a 500kV transmission line across the James River from Surry to Skiffes Creek. It also requires construction of a new Skiffes Creek substation and smaller 230kV powerline from Skiffes Creek to Whealton.

Campaign Goals

  • Prevent the construction of the transmission line in this historically significant location.
  • Raise national awareness of the threat to the James and mobilize the public to take action.


Protect the James River from Dominion Power’s plan to construct a high-voltage transmission line that will include as many as 17 towers that are up to 295-feet tall.

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