Appomattox River Company proudly carries Old Town, a company with a successful history for over 100 years. Tradition and technology have had a long and comfortable marriage at Old Town. In 1898 they built their first wood-and-canvas canoe, a more durable, lower maintenance improvement on the Native American birch bark canoe that was its inspiration. Old Town did the same thing with the kayak in 1940, rendering the traditional seal-skin design in more durable wood-and-canvas.
The same spirit of innovation led Old Town to introduce lightweight fiberglass versions of their kayaks and canoes in the 1950's and '60s. It has continued into the 21st century, as they continually strive to advance the art of paddling through better designs and lighter, more durable materials. The three layer polyethylene and three layer Superlinear are two great examples.
More than a hundred years have passed since Old Town's first wood-and-canvas canoe hit the water. In that time they have launched more than a million canoes and kayaks. Their heritage of craftsmanship lives on in their modern models. Each is designed and built to the highest, most exacting standards to deliver the finest paddling performance.