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Drewery wants help restoring boat landing

Published 12:49pm Saturday, November 23, 2013

FRANKLIN—A Franklin man is renewing his call for public support to help him rebuild a community boat landing at Round Gut Creek.

Jesse Drewery told The Tidewater News in early June of his ambition to create an easier access for fishermen that frequent the place, which is located off the Nottoway River.

Drewery, 85, explained that he first started using the landing as far back as 1966, but lately uses the site only three to four times a year. The path that leads to the creek is located after Cherokee Drive off Delaware Road.

Regardless of his own limited use, he wants to make a contribution.

“I believe you need to give back to the community,” Drewery said then.

Cass Camp, whose family has owned that piece of land leading to the creek since 1975, gave him permission from his mother and aunt, who own the property.

The landing site itself is not officially a public fishing place, said Camp.

“I hope it will be like it used to be, a nice, quiet area to enjoy nature,” he added.

Drewery’s earlier request didn’t get any volunteers, equipment or donations, but he wasn’t ready to give up.

He’s recently been given the use of a backhoe that could make quick work to make a new foundation and ditches along the perimeter to drain water. With the use of the machine and a few volunteers, Drewery said he thinks the job could be done in a day.

“I need somebody to do some shoveling and raking – it’s not especially strenuous,” he said, and added that monetary donations would also help.

After some preliminaries are completed, the real work is planned for the first weekend of December.

Drewery asked that anyone willing to help should call him at 653-6371.

 

  • jeffturner

    Okay, Jessie, I have tried the number listed on here and get nothing but a answering machine that says that mailbox is full so I cannot leave a message. Anyway I was trying to get you some state help, so I talked to VDGIF ramp people who say they have talked to with you about fixing up the place.
    They went on to say they have heard nothing back from you so the figured you did not want state help or had dropped the idea??

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  • jeffturner

    Long days ago that was the way it was. At every access point to the rivers, people tied/chained there boats to threes along the shore. It was like that at the mill, Bronco Club, 189, Delaware,Joyners Bridge, River Road, Mudcakes, Smiths Ferry, Monroe Bridge etc. Then people started stealing them or throwing cinder blocks through the bottoms. Some of these boars were really nice home made boats that somebody put a lot of pride and energy in. Heck there used to be little floating fish shacks up and down the river, but same thing. People come along that just can’t leave someone elses stuff alone and got to tear it up.

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  • Amos

    I admire Mr.Drewery’s wanting to give back mentality. The work however my be better served in some other area. The Round Gut landing became a victim to the criminal element that began to frequent the landing. My own experience in the late 70s was two vehicle break ins and stolen items from my car. I stopped going to that landing it removed all the fun from using it.

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  • chuck

    The Round Gut ‘landing’ is/was to the south of Cherokee Drive. Even in the 60s, when we kept a boat in the gut down the hill from the road, the landing was nothing more than a dirt/sand path cleared from the road down to the river edge. Couldn’t have been more than a couple hundred feet. I remember at one point the county had refuse containers there for the houses being built along Delaware. That was the only time the landing was maintained back then, other than the times the farmer dragged it out. It was certainly popular back in the day, if you didn’t have access to Bronco Club. Once they built those houses and paved Delaware, boats started disappearing from the gut, locks smashed, chains cut, etc. My dad’s was spirited away in the early ’70s. He had another at Bronco by then.

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  • chuck

    The Round Gut ‘landing’ is/was to the south of Cherokee Drive. Even in the 60s, when we kept a boat in the gut down the hill from the road, the landing was nothing more than a dirt/sand cleared from the road down to the river edge. Couldn’t have been more than a couple hundred feet. I remember at one point the county had refuse containers there for the houses being build along Delaware. That was the only time the landing was maintained back then, other than the times the farmer dragged it out. It was certainly popular back in the day, if you didn’t have access to Bronco Club. Once they built those houses and paved Delaware, boats started disappearing from the gut, locks smashed, chains cut, etc. My dad’s was spirited away in the early ’70s. He had another at Bronco by then.

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    • RACN35

      is the access point at the end of the road ? didn’t seem like it was right on the river bank ?

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    • broman

      e2, how did you get that link to appear ? Every time I try to post a link here my post never appears.

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  • RACN35

    Cherokee Drive is a dead end cudesac with 20 plus or minus 2 or 3 houses … on a map its an area called ROUND GUT … been by there a 1000 times … from both directions … the area described must be back a long long long dirt path between 4 big buildings used for hogs or poultry ??? who knows

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