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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Time Travelers Weekend: Free Admission is this Saturday and Sunday! Download your passport on the event page and explore up to 20 museums...for FREE! Henricus will be participating on SATURDAY ONLY and closed on Sunday. ... See MoreSee Less

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Today we are remembering the colonists at Henricus and our surrounding community, and the Powhatan Indians who died during the attacks on this day in 1622. Join us on Facebook live just after 12 noon.

After several years of peace since the Pocahontas and John Rolfe marriage, the peace alliance that existed between the Powhatan people and the English quietly fell apart. On March 22, 1622, the new leader of the Powhatan people, Opechancanough (the famed war leader), organized a grand military offensive against the English settlements. That offensive hit English settlements spanning roughly 70+ miles along and beyond the James River. By the end of those encounters, between 300 and 350 colonists were slain. Casualties among the Powhatan warriors is unknown. Though these attacks failed to permanently dislodge the English from Virginia, it initiated another war between the English and Powhatan people.
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