A year long project …

The James River Association (JRA) is excited to bring you Stories by the James, a community collaboration that harnesses the magic of stories through the lens of diverse storytellers within our James River watershed.

Our hope is that this sneak peek into how the James shows up in our collective lives will provide awareness, discovery, understanding, and the sense that while our stories may be different, the river running through these stories is a common thread that unites us all. It is our river to share. It is also our river to protect.

As one of our storytellers powerfully pointed out, we all decide where we place ourselves in the story of the James, and we pick the part we play in creating a healthy, inclusive, and accessible river. We hope everyone in our watershed will consider sharing their story and personal connection with the James, so that our river community will have river tales to enjoy for years and years to come.

Thanks to Stephanie and Susan at webbones for partnering with us on the creation of this website.

I mean, it’s everything. Can you imagine what the city would be without the river? It would be completely different. It’s ground zero for connection.

Andrew Alli

Trail Manager for the James River Park System