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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

Apr
13
Sat
School of the Musketeer at Henricus
Apr 13 @ 10:00 am – Apr 14 @ 5:00 pm
Come join us for a fun and interesting weekend of life in the 17th century! Learn how to fire a matchlock musket, be part of a live fire cannon crew, handle a pike, and experience the thrill of dueling with swords.
 
There is much more to musketeer life than just being a soldier. How were clothes made and where did the raw materials come from? Learn how to start a fire without matches. How were heavy objects moved and transported? Taste the food and learn how it was prepared 400 years ago.
 
Soap didn’t come from the supermarket, bread didn’t come in a bag and the lights at night were not plugged in. So UNPLUG—and come spend the weekend with us!
 
For the price of $35.00 you stay in the recreated 17th-century historic site of the Citie of Henricus for the weekend. Meals included are breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday, all you can eat. The price for just one day’s participation is $20.00 and includes the daily meals.
 

School of the Musketeer is in partnership with Kingdom of Lucerne. Registration is required and additional information is available at: www.kingdomoflucerne.com

Apr
22
Mon
Seed to Sale – Annual Henricus Plant Sale
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

10 am – 2 pm

Henricus Historical Park is pleased to offer heirloom plant varieties for your home garden.  Vegetable, herb, and fruit seedlings will be for sale with all proceeds benefiting Henricus’ agricultural-related educational programs.  Your purchase supports the development of new agricultural programs involving Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM Education). Specific information on plants to be sold will be made available on our website closer to the date of the sale.

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

10 am – 5 pm

In May 1619, King James I allowed a school to be established in the colony of Virginia. This event will demonstrate and commemorate the charter of America’s first English formal school, called the “College of Henrico,” initially intended for the literacy and vocational training of Powhatan boys. Interpreters will be conducting lectures and living history presentations on how this school affected the lives of both the Powhatans and the English colonists for years to come.

In recognition of Memorial Day, The Henricus Militia and Henricus interpreters will be conducting cannon salutes at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm, as well as musket firings throughout the day for our visitors.  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

 

Jun
8
Sat
Reap What You Sow Day
Jun 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

10 am-5 pm

Help sow the seeds in our English Settlement and Powhatan town of Arrohateck!  Come out and learn about colonial horticulture and methodologies.  Ask us about adopting a garden to care for at Henricus Historical Park!

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

Jun
22
Sat
Trades of Antiquity
Jun 22 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

10 am – 5 pm

Come join Henricus Historical Park and the Southeast Virginia Primitive Skills Group for a weekend of historic skills.  See demonstrations of life skills and trades from the pre-contact and Colonial eras in Virginia such as flint knapping, fire starting, wood turning, broom weaving, soap making, trapping, hide prep, and blacksmithing.  Examples of artifacts made will be available for purchase, so bring your questions and take home a piece of history.

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

 

Sep
23
Mon
Godspeed Days – School & Adult Group Tours of Henricus & Godspeed from Jamestown Settlement
Sep 23 @ 2:49 pm – 3:49 pm

Monday, September 23 & Tuesday, September 24

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Participate in specialized guided tours with many Powhatan and English living history Interpreters at the re-created Citie of Henricus and the Powhatan site of Arrohateck.  Board Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed and see what life was like on the colonial-era sailing ship, Hands-on activities included.  This special opportunity is available only two days every other year!  Booking slots fill quickly.  All school (public, private, and home) and adult groups (adult groups are booked only in the afternoon) are welcome on these special days.  The tour lasts 2.5 hours and registration is REQUIRED by calling 804-318-8797.  No walk-in attendance allowed during the morning hours.  Individual walk-in attendance is welcome from 1 – 2 p.m.

School Group Cost:  $13/student, 1:10 teacher chaperones free.  $10/additional adults

Adult Group (or individuals) Cost:  $15 /adult