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May
25
Sat
America’s First College 1619
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

10 am – 5 pm

In May of 1619, 400 years ago, the first school charter was granted in the colony of Virginia. The College of Henrico was designed to become a center for Powhatan Indian boys to become scholars in literacy, various technologies, and Christianity.

Discover the story of the first college in the New World and explore 17th-century children’s education. Colonial English interpreters will be demonstrating the mathematics of carpentry, the sciences of farming and animal care, song and dance instruction, the literacy of Pocahontas, medical/surgical instruction, military training on cannons and muskets, and more!

Learn why the English chose to establish this 10,000-acre college and why Powhatan families may have been willing to send their sons to this English school.

This event is designed for today’s children to be guided in interactive activities of the early 17th century.

In honor of Memorial Day, the Henricus Militia will be conducting cannon salutes and musket firings throughout the day. These weapons demonstrations will recreate the military origins of our early American militia and our modern armed forces on land and sea. Free admission will be offered to active and retired military members and their immediate families.

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

 

Aug
17
Sat
Enslaved Africans to Virginia Planters: The Complex Journey of the 1619 First Africans
Aug 17 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

10 am – 5 pm

In August 1619, a Portuguese ship transporting enslaved Africans bound for Mexico was hijacked by the English and arrived at Point Comfort, Virginia.  Henricus interpreters will present and demonstrate through lectures and living history the circumstances, myths, and realities of the introduction of Africans into the lives of the Powhatan and English communities, focusing on English laws of slavery at that time and the blending of three cultures into one, especially the food, tools, and clothing.

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

 

Sep
21
Sat
Publick Days: The 1619 Burgesses and Godspeed from Jamestown Settlement
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22

10 am – 5 pm

Watch 400 years of history come to life at Henricus’ signature Publick Days celebration! Explore life in Virginia beginning with the Powhatan Indians and the founding of Henricus in 1611 and ending with the Civil War in 1861. This year’s event will largely focus on the 400th anniversary of the 1619 House of Burgesses. Gather inside the church and help the Henricus colonists select who will represent them at the first legislative assembly in Jamestown! Visitors will also be able to come on board the 17th-century ship replica, Godspeed from Jamestown Settlement.

Cost:  FREE

 

Sep
22
Sun
Publick Days: The 1619 Burgesses and Godspeed from Jamestown Settlement
Sep 22 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22

10 am – 5 pm

Watch 400 years of history come to life at Henricus’ signature Publick Days celebration! Explore life in Virginia beginning with the Powhatan Indians and the founding of Henricus in 1611 and ending with the Civil War in 1861. This year’s event will largely focus on the 400th anniversary of the 1619 House of Burgesses. Gather inside the church and help the Henricus colonists select who will represent them at the first legislative assembly in Jamestown! Visitors will also be able to come on board the 17th-century ship replica, Godspeed from Jamestown Settlement.

Cost:  FREE

 

Nov
30
Sat
Friendship, Trade & Feast
Nov 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

10 am – 5 pm     

Come join the English and Powhatan historical interpreters at Henricus for the autumn harvest feasts and fun common to all people in 17th-century Virginia. Visitors will have a chance to be immersed in the cooking, games, and songs that were common to the homes in 1611-1622 Virginia. This event will further interpret the history of the first “Thanksgiving” in English America – the one which happened in 1619 in Virginia! Join us for smells, sounds, and frolic of the 17th century past.

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