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Dec
15
Sat
Boar’s Head Feast
Dec 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Tis’ the Season to step back in time!

Follow the merry Lord of Misrule to England in the 1590s and enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of Christmas as we knew it then: a multi-course feast including roasted meats, pies, ale, cider and more, served at table in our spacious, candle-lit Guest House with a blazing Yule log fire. Dine to the sounds of period musicians, with wassailing a-plenty, and many a toast to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I.

Begin your holidays with one of the oldest English Christmas traditions in one of the oldest English settlements in North America: Henricus!

This year, the Lord of Misrule has gone all out with NEW, more AUTHENTIC dishes for the feast – and not just ale will flow, but wine as well! Huzzah!

Tickets will become available on July 2 for members and July 23 for the public. Previous attendees will also be notified ahead of time. Tickets WILL sell out fast!

 

**Festivities begin at precisely 6pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early to ensure entry into the event.

Dress warm, as it may be chilly and we WILL be doing a bit of walking!**

Jan
4
Fri
The “Traitor’s Trail” Revolutionary War Van Tour
Jan 4 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

9am-1pm OR 1pm-5pm

Historian John Daniel Pagano of Henricus Historical Park will be offering a unique, exclusive Revolutionary War van tour following the marches, skirmishes, and actions of traitor General Benedict Arnold’s 800-man army from Westover Plantation to Richmond, which took place January 4-6, 1781.

Historical Overview

On January 4, 1781, British general and American traitor, Benedict Arnold, landed a force of 800 loyalist, Hessian, and British soldiers at Westover Plantation in Charles City County poised to marched on Richmond, Virginia. On the night of January 4 after a rigorous march, his troops camped at Four Mile Creek in Varina of Henrico County, where the Virginia militia had attempted to wreck the bridge there. After waking that morning, the 800 troops pushed on to Richmond where they encountered local militia atop modern day Church Hill, which they easily routed. Arnold’s men then entered Richmond and destroyed government or military stores at Westham, as well as a fair amount of tobacco. Early in the morning of January 6, the Virginia militia commander around Richmond, Colonel John Nicholas, pushed his men against Arnold’s outposts around Scuffletown, the modern-day Museum District, and Arnold hastily retreated towards Westover.

Program Information

Times: 9am-1pm OR 1pm-5pm

Tours will depart from Henricus Historical Park at 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester. Please do not be late! 

Dress warm as you will be getting out of the van at stops and feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks.

All participants will be given a historical sketch and map of Arnold’s Raid.

Itinerary

  • Depart Henricus Historical Park
  • Westover Plantation – Arnold’s Disembarkation
  • Four Mile Creek – Arnold’s Bivouac night of January 4
  • Arnold’s Skirmish at Richmond Hill of January 5 (Bathroom break)
  • Arnold’s men destroy the Westham Foundry
  • Colonel Nicholas’ skirmish against Arnold’s Outposts of January 6
  • Arrive back at Henricus Historical Park

 

Tickets may be purchased online only at: https://henricus-historical-park.ticketleap.com/the-traitors-trail-van-tour/details

 

*The Traitor’s Trail Van Tour is in partnership with St. John’s Church Foundation and the Richmond National Battlefield Park.*

Feb
2
Sat
Pins & Needles – “Snapsack” Workshop (ages 18+)
Feb 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

10 am – 4 pm

Participants will be making a 17th century “snapsack” or shoulder sack which many soldiers and workers generally used to transport basic items.  Materials will be provided and already made into “kit” form. $20 for materials and admission. Attendees provide their own sewing supplies including wax, thread, pins, needles, and scissors.  Registration required by Jan. 28 by calling 804-318-8732.  Limited space available.  Bring your own lunch.  Children aged 10+ may sign up with registered adult. 

Cost:  $$20 for materials and admission to the historic site.

Feb
7
Thu
Home School Day – The Things They Made (ages 4 – 14)
Feb 7 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

10 am – 2 pm

Everything that English Colonists and Powhatans required to survive in 17th century Virginia were likely to be made, traded or raised HERE:  iron or stone tools, clothing, food, housing, weapons, medicines!   Participate in collecting raw materials, trading between Colonials and Powhatans and using tobacco to trade with England.  Experience a home school education program designed to help meet curriculum goals in a fun, interactive setting at our living history museum.  Students will be divided by age level to work on age-appropriate activities and curriculum.  Registration is required by February 5 by calling 804-318-8797. 

Cost:  $18 student/$5 ages 2-3/$13 for accompanying adult; Henricus Patrons $13 for student, $3 ages 2-3/ Free for accompanying adult.

Feb
28
Thu
Adult Program – Birth & Mortality
Feb 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

2 – 4 pm

What were the religious, governmental and social concepts and activities that were involved in the life cycle of people in 17th century Virginia?  Meet and join the colonists that were a part of these life experiences.  See the practical aspects of life in the colonies from a medical, governmental, and social viewpoint – birth to burial.  Adult groups, clubs, college classes, and individuals welcome.  Registration required by February 26 by calling 804-318-8797. 

Cost:  $18/adult; Henricus Patrons: $16

Mar
2
Sat
A Roof Above My Head – Construction of an Early Soldier’s House
Mar 2 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

10 am – 1 pm  

Ever wonder how the timber post and beam structures you see at Henricus Historical Park were built? Come to “A Roof Above My Head” – our program that explores how skilled carpenters, sawyers, and woodsmen arriving from England 400 years ago constructed houses, churches, and more – all without recourse to modern power tools.

Registration required by March 1 by calling 748-1611.  This is a hands-on experience and you will get dirty!

Cost:  $9/adult, $7/children aged 3-12; Henricus Patrons: free

Mar
7
Thu
Henricus Home School Day – The Two Lives of Pocahontas (ages 4 – 14)
Mar 7 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

10 am – 2 pm

Follow the life and times of Pocahontas, as both a Powhatan girl and as an English woman.  Compare and contrast both of her lives through the different needs (food, housing, clothing), politics and status, education, and religion of both worlds. Experience a home school education program designed to help meet curriculum goals in a fun, interactive setting at our living history museum.  Students will be divided by age level to work on age-appropriate activities and curriculum. 

Registration is required by March 5 by calling 804-318-8797.

Cost:  $18 student/$5 ages 2-3/$13 for accompanying adult; Henricus Patrons $13 student/$3 ages 2-3/ Free for accompanying adult.

Mar
9
Sat
Paranormal Overnight Experience
Mar 9 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 10 @ 9:00 am

Join us overnight for a paranormal investigation of the site with Commonwealth Researchers of the Paranormal!

More details to come.

Apr
1
Mon
Spring Break Camps (ages 8-12)
Apr 1 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

9 am – 4 pm

Beat the winter doldrums and celebrate Spring Break with us at Henricus!  Join us for one immersive program and delve deep into the topic of your choice or sign up for multiple programs and receive a discount.

Daily themes:

April 1 – Archaeology – Grab a trowel and get ready to dig into the past!  Learn about the tools and techniques of excavation and see what you can find out about people by the things they left behind.

April 2 – Science in the 17th Century – Follow in the footsteps of Galileo, Newton, and other giants of the Scientific Revolution and perform experiments to prove (or disprove!) scientific hypotheses.  Explore the close connections between science and nature in the Powhatan world.  See what new inventions and technologies of the time helped make colonization here possible.

April 3 – Follow That Fish: The Environment of the James River – The James River is important to more than just fish!  Find out how we have depended on and used the resources of the river over time.

April 4 – Sir Thomas Dale’s Colony – Do you have the grit to survive martial law?  Learn about the skills, such as construction and military tactics, that it would take to succeed under military rule at Henricus fort!

April 5 – Indian Summer – Summer (or as the Powhatan called it, Cohattayough) is coming!  What would the Powhatan Indians do to prepare for the season?

 

Registration is required by March 22 by calling 804-318-8797.  Space is limited!

Cost:  $40/day per child,$36/day per child for multiple days; Henricus Patrons $33/day

Apr
2
Tue
Spring Break Camps (ages 8-12)
Apr 2 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

9 am – 4 pm

Beat the winter doldrums and celebrate Spring Break with us at Henricus!  Join us for one immersive program and delve deep into the topic of your choice or sign up for multiple programs and receive a discount.

Daily themes:

April 1 – Archaeology – Grab a trowel and get ready to dig into the past!  Learn about the tools and techniques of excavation and see what you can find out about people by the things they left behind.

April 2 – Science in the 17th Century – Follow in the footsteps of Galileo, Newton, and other giants of the Scientific Revolution and perform experiments to prove (or disprove!) scientific hypotheses.  Explore the close connections between science and nature in the Powhatan world.  See what new inventions and technologies of the time helped make colonization here possible.

April 3 – Follow That Fish: The Environment of the James River – The James River is important to more than just fish!  Find out how we have depended on and used the resources of the river over time.

April 4 – Sir Thomas Dale’s Colony – Do you have the grit to survive martial law?  Learn about the skills, such as construction and military tactics, that it would take to succeed under military rule at Henricus fort!

April 5 – Indian Summer – Summer (or as the Powhatan called it, Cohattayough) is coming!  What would the Powhatan Indians do to prepare for the season?

 

Registration is required by March 22 by calling 804-318-8797.  Space is limited!

Cost:  $40/day per child,$36/day per child for multiple days; Henricus Patrons $33/day