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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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Henricus Home School Day – Early Colonial Virginia

September 8, 2016, 10:00am - September 8, 2016, 2:00pm

Students ages 4-14 will experience a home school education program designed to help meet curriculum goals in a fun, interactive environment at a living history museum. Students will work with our re...

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Henricus Discovery Days Program Series: 17th-Century Games & Songs

August 25, 2016, 10:00am - August 25, 2016, 1:00pm

Join us for songs, exploring the site and making your own small musical instrument followed by a hands-on activity involving both English and Indian children’s games. Stay as little or as long as yo...

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The Civil War at Dutch Gap Living History Day

August 13, 2016, 10:00am - August 13, 2016, 5:00pm

Union and Confederate re-enactors will portray the summer of 1864 at Dutch Gap and will demonstrate infantry weapons and tactics, combat engineering and fortifications, cannon drills and the life of c...

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