Hallie crosses the James River via the Ferry where she goes through Surry up towards Richmond and on to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her drive from the Eastern Shore to Joan's house is not the most direct, but it is the sum of many of my favorite roads. The original manuscript held many more details of her trip, but alas word count word count word count.
The Jamestown Ferry service was privately established in 1925. The Commonwealth of Virginia acquired it and the Department of Transportation (VDOT) assumed operations in 1945. It runs it as a state service. If you are in the area, and need to cross the James, this is a wonderful way to do it.
The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year including all major holidays. On Christmas Day (December 25), the ferry runs on the hour in Surry and on the half-hour in Jamestown. For ferry traffic updates and operational status, call 1-800-VA-Ferry/1-800-823-3779. For general information, send an email to email@example.com. Note: The email inbox is only monitored during weekday business hours.