Top

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.

Photo Galleries

Video Galleries


Check us out on Facebook

Henricus Historical Park re-creates the second successful English settlement in the New World and is the perfect venue to create your new world together! Contact our event coordinator at 804-748-1131 or sunderlandc@chesterfield.gov. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Beginning tonight, the Dutch Gap area surrounding Henricus will be closed at 6pm. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Visit the Indian village on April 7 to learn about the life and legacy of Chief Powhatan. ... See MoreSee Less

400th Anniversary of the Death of Powhatan

April 7, 2018, 10:00am - April 7, 2018, 5:00pm

A series of lectures will be presented on the life and legacy of Chief Powhatan. Check back for updated information. Cost: $8 Adults, $6 children aged 3-12/Henricus Patrons free

View on Facebook

Send your kids to Archaeology Spring Break Camp! Children 8-12 welcome. ... See MoreSee Less

Archaeology Spring Break Camp (Ages 8-12)

April 2, 2018, 9:00am - April 6, 2018, 4:00pm

Participate in a week-long archaeological program at Henricus Historical Park. Learn about the tools and strategies used to help locate and excavate sites and the archaeological methods used to creat...

View on Facebook

Join a session on the sciences of early medical practices and then tour the 17th-century Indian and English sites while focusing on tools, rules and medicines. Hands-on activities included! Registration required by March 10. Call 804-318-8797. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook