Imagine it’s 1611

Travel back in time to the Citie of Henricus, the second successful English settlement in the New World. Explore a moment in time where 300 settlers, led by Sir Thomas Dale, departed the unhealthy environment of Jamestown with the hope of establishing a strong English Colony and with the intention of becoming the principal seat of the Virginia Company of London.

Learn how these brave settlers traveled 80 miles up the James River to build the city named for the eldest son of King James I, Prince Henry. Advancing into unknown wilderness, these explorers were under the constant threat of attack by Indians and Spaniards who had the capability to destroy the young struggling English colony.

Henricus Historical Park re-creates this historical journey that took place four hundred years ago highlighting a significant time where property ownership by the common man was a unique concept. This innovative idea, combined with the development of the first English hospital, the chartering of the first college in the New World, the English home of Pocahontas, the establishment of tobacco as the first cash crop in the New World, established the Citie of Henricus.

Discover the contributions made to the successful permanent colonization of North America and the eventual establishment of the United States of America. Visit Henricus Historical Park and relive America’s beginnings. Historical interpretation and reenactments pay tribute to Virginia’s Indians and the English settlers who carved a nation out of what was then Virginia’s western frontier.

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How did the colonists deal with the summer heat? With the crazy heat wave this week, we're getting asked this question a lot. Be thankful for air conditioning!

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It's Discovery Days today at Henricus! Today we're learning about summertime in the 17th century.

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