Guiding on the James

CHARLEY BARNES, famed James River fishing guide, with brothers John and Herbert (Photo courtesy of Lens & Pen Press)

Robert Page Lincoln profiled Charley Barnes, James River guide and john boat builder, in a long article titled “Floating Down the River” in the March 1948 issue of Fur-Fish-Game magazine. 

Barnes was born near Mt. Vernon in 1878. The family moved to a farm near the James three miles from Galena when he was eight. 

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