Upcoming Events at Henricus
Henricus Historical Park is a living history museum operating as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in partnership with the Henricus Foundation and counties of Chesterfield and Henrico.
Henricus Foundation Patrons must present their pass or photo I.D. for free admission to the events listed below (excluding School of the Musketeer.)
$8/Adults and $6/children (ages 3-12)
Military discount of $1 offered to active and retired military personnel and family.
February 21, 2014 (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
Henricus Home School History Education Day (ages 4–14)
Home school programs designed to help meet curriculum goals while having a fun and interactive experience at a living history museum. Students will work on age-appropriate, hands-on mapping skills and environmental activities featuring Virginia Indian and Colonial history. Registration is required by February 10 by calling 804-318-8797. Cost: $10 for student; $8 for accompanying adult/Henricus Patrons $9 for student; accompanying adults free.
March 15, 2014 (1 – 3:30 p.m.)
Henricus Art Workshop: Virginia Sketchbook (ages 7 – 11)
Explore the shapes found in nature and the material culture seen at Colonial Henricus. Start with two-dimensional sketches in your own artist’s journal and then sculpt clay pots using traditional Virginia Indian methods and designs. At the end of the class, students will have “broken in” a sketchbook and be encouraged to carry and use it regularly. Registration required by March 5 by calling 804-318-8797. Cost: $15 for each student/Henricus Patrons $13.50 for each student.
March 22, 2014 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m. )
Opechancanough’s 1622 Offensive at Henricus
Join us for the dedication of the 1622 commemorative marker donated by The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Virginia. Experience first-person, historical interpretation of English readiness at Henricus on the eve of the coordinated military offensive of Powhatan leader, Opechancanough, on March 22, 1622. Visitors will experience armed colonists on sentry duty and meet musket-armed Alice Proctor, who successfully defended her home against the attacks. Visitors will also interact with Powhatan interpreters and inquire about Virginia Indian perspectives of the attack. Cost: $8 Adults, $6 children aged 3-12/Henricus Patrons free
April 14-18, 2014 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Archaeology at Henricus: Spring Break Camp (ages 8 – 12)
New this year for Spring Break! Participate in a week-long archaeological program at Henricus Historical Park. Learn about the tools and strategies used to help locate sites, and the archaeological method used to create a living history museum. Help sort, catalogue and clean artifacts found in the area and help us locate the 1611 fort! Registration required by April 9 by calling 804-318-8797.
Cost: $200/ Henricus Patrons $180
April 24, 2014 (2 – 5 p.m. )
Annual Educator Open House
Participate in guided site tours, demonstrations from school programs, make-and-take activities, descriptions of SOL-aligned programs, light refreshments. Open to public, private, home schools and other educational institutions. Registration recommended by calling 804-318-8797.
Cost: Free to all active educators, administrators and their immediate family.
May 17, 2014 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m. )
Colonial Games, Songs and Dance
The 17th century was a period when people worked hard and played hard! Join Henricus historical interpreters and enjoy the games, music and dance of Virginia’s Colonists. Children and adults will be a part of the games, so come HUZZAH with the colonists! Live music and light refreshments will be provided.
Cost: $8 Adults, $6 children aged 3-12/Henricus Patrons free.
May 31, 2014 (10 a.m. - 3 p.m. )
Henricus Family Fun Day
Bring the whole clan out for a day featuring 17th-century life including art projects, Colonial games and role-play activities. Crafts include making paper and Virginia Indian pottery. Activities are ongoing and self-paced. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required by February 15 by calling 804-318-8797. Cost: $9 for each child; $11 for each adult/Henricus Patrons $2.50 for each child; accompanying adult free.
June 23 -27, 2014 (9 a.m. – 4 p.m. )
Camp Pocahontas I (ages 6 – 10)
Campers will explore the environment and the life of Pocahontas and the culture of the Powhatan people through activities and arts and crafts. Using our re-created Powhatan village of Arrohateck, hands-on activities will include cooking, farming, hunting skills, house and canoe building, weaving fishing nets and making pottery, arrows and tools. Make-and-take crafts included. Registration required by June 13 by calling 804-318-8797. Cost: $200/Patrons $180
June 28, 2014
Henricus Dauber Dash 5.5-Miler
Just like the Daubers that built the mud houses in the Citie of Henricus, you will have a chance to relive your childhood with plenty of messy mud on hand at the Henricus Dauber Dash. The 5.5-mile course starts on the scenic bluff, goes around the trail loop at Dutch Gap and continues with a dash through the historic citie, but this isn’t your typical trail run. Think much, much messier. And just when you think you can’t get any dirtier, you’ll come face-to-face with the final mud pit at the finish overlooking the scenic James River. This is not a race for walkers! For registration information, please visit www.sportsbackers.org
July 7-11, 2014 (9 a.m. –4 p.m. )
Camp Pocahontas II (ages 6 – 10)
Campers will explore the environment during the time of Pocahontas and the culture of the Powhatan people through activities and arts and crafts. Using our re-created Powhatan village of Arrohateck, hands-on activities will include cooking, farming, hunting skills, house and canoe building, weaving fishing nets and making pottery, arrows and tools. Make-and-take crafts included. Registration required by July 1 by calling 804-318-8797.
Cost: $200/Henricus Patrons $180
July 19-20, 2014 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m. )
Henricus Adopt-A-Garden Weekend
Come out and learn about colonial horticulture and methodologies. Gardens include the Virginia Indian garden, English officer’s garden, English soldier’s garden, plantation garden and garden at Mt. Malady. Adopt a garden to care for at Henricus Historical Park.
Cost: $8 Adults, $6 children aged 3 – 12/ Henricus Patrons free.
July 24, 2014 (10 a.m. –3 p.m. )
Henricus Teacher Institute (educators of grades 1–12)
Join educators and professional consultants of the Henricus Historical Park and Agriculture in the Classroom for an SOL-aligned workshop focusing on history, agriculture and culture of Colonial-era Virginia. The workshop will include Colonial and Indian history and agricultural history talks, and activities relating to primary sources and questioning strategies. For more information call 804-318-8731.
July 28, 2014 (10 a.m. – 1 p.m. )
Henricus Discovery Days Program Series: “Animals of the Farm and Forest” (Ages 3 -10)
Join us for an hour of storybook reading and meeting the live animals who live at Henricus, followed by a drop-in art project where you can make your own painted rock animals to take home. The “drop-in project” is a self-paced craft related to the content from the first hour; stay as little or as long as you like! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. Call 804-318-8797 by July 25. Cost $8 per child; accompanying adult free/Henricus Patrons $7 per child; accompanying adults free.
August 9, 2014 (10 a.m. –5 p.m. )
“A Stitch in Time” – English and Virginia Indian Clothing and Fashion of 1600–1620 in Virginia
Did Sir Thomas Dale and John Rolfe wear underwear? What kind of deerskin would Pocahontas have worn? Well, come and join the Henricus Historical Park staff and their guests for a unique presentation to find out! This event will be conducted in the cozy environs of the 1613 hospital, Mt. Malady, where visitors will experience the fashions of both the English colonists and the native Powhatan people. Interpreters will demonstrate and explain everything that was worn; including how and why different classes, occupations, genders, and races wore one thing versus another. Visitors will be comfortably seated and light cool refreshments will be available as a courtesy of Henricus Historical Park. This is a great family event for ages 7 and above.
Cost: $8 Adults, $6 children aged 3 – 12/ Henricus Patrons free.
August 12-14, 2014 (9 a.m. –4 p.m. )
James River Camp (ages 9 – 12)
Discover the environmental features of the historic James River as 17th-century Virginia Indians and the Colonial English would have encountered it. Paddle a kayak and identify how the plants and animals of the river were hunted, gathered and used throughout history. Understand the course changes made at Dutch Gap during the Civil War and see how it is used today. Registration required by August 7 by calling 804-318-8797.
Cost: $120/ Henricus Patrons $108
August 18 ( 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Henricus Discovery Days Program Series: “What Shall I Wear? Clothing Materials and Methods” (Ages 3 – 10)
Join us for an hour of storybook reading, exploring Powhatan and colonial English clothing styles, and a hands-on natural dyes activity. Then stay for a drop-in art project involving simple sewing skills. The “drop-in project” is a self-paced craft related to the content from the first hour; stay as little or as long as you like! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. Call 804-318-8797 by August 15. Cost $8 per child; accompanying adults free/ Henricus Patrons $7 per child; accompanying adults free.
August 25 ( 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Henricus Discovery Days Program Series: “Home Sweet Home: Architecture in 1600’s Virginia” (Ages 3 – 10)
Join us for an hour of storybook reading, exploring the site and making your own small Powhatan Indian yehakin followed by a drop-in, hands-on activity involving the wattle and daub building method. The “drop-in project” is a self-paced craft related to the content from the first hour; stay as little or as long as you like! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. Call 804-318-8797 by August 22. Cost $8 per child; accompanying adult free/ Henricus Patrons $7 per child; accompanying adults free.
September 20, 2014 (10 a.m. –5 p.m. )
Saturday -- one day only! Join us for our signature annual celebration of the 1611 founding of the Citie of Henricus. Four hundred years of history come to life with living history re-enactments, military drills and musket firings, craftsmen and blacksmiths, 17th-century medicinal demonstrations, Virginia Indian activities, historical children’s games and crafts, storytelling and more. Our largest and most popular annual event. Cost: Free admission (parking is $5/ vehicle)
September 30 , 2014 (10 a.m. –3 p.m. )
17th-Century History Field Day (student group tours
Special guided tours and stationed activities -- for school groups, clubs and adult groups -- featuring demonstrations of the Virginia Indian and Colonial eras at Henricus Historical Park. Two-hour outdoor site tours also include age-appropriate, hands-on indoor activities. Registration required by September 23 by calling 804-318-8797.
Cost: $12 per person/Henricus Patrons $10
October 10-12, 2014
School of the Musketeer at Henricus
Experience an entire weekend learning about military and civilian life as the first Colonists in the New World. Instructors and other support personnel provide an interactive environment in 17th-century life and culture; overnight experience included. Fee is $30 and is all inclusive. Registration required and additional information is available at: www.kingdomoflucerne.com
October 16-17, 2014 (7 –9 p.m. )
Haunted Henricus: Things that Go Bump In the Night
Experience an evening of spellbinding accounts and legendary tales as storytellers relive old English and Virginia Indian legends and folklore. Join us by the fireside and listen to European stories early Colonists told as they recounted tales from their homeland. Capture the essence of what a Colonist felt between 1607-1622 in a strange new land surrounded by danger, darkness and uncertain peril. The harvest is in, the nights grow longer and danger lurks in the shadows. Light refreshments served. Registration required by October 28 by calling 804-748-1611.
Cost: $8 Adults, $6 children aged 6–12 (evening tours not appropriate for children under 6); Henricus Patrons free.
October 18, 2014 (10 a.m. –3 p.m. )
Henricus Virginia Sketchbook: Art Workshop (ages 12–adult)
An arts and crafts sampler workshop inspired by the landscape and culture of 17th-century Citie of Henricus and of the Virginia Indian village of Arrohateck. Multi-media projects will include life drawings, nature journaling, pottery, and 17th-century paper making. Registration required by October 8 by calling 804-318-8797.
Cost: $20 per person/Henricus Patrons $18
October 18, 2014 (4 –6 p.m. )
History Lecture Series: Archaeology at Henricus
Join us for a slide show, discussion and site tour featuring current archaeological work to find the original site of the Citie of Henricus. Registration recommended by calling 804-318-8731.
Cost: $3 suggested donation towards Henricus Education Scholarship Fund
November 29, 2014 (10 a.m. –5 p.m. )
Virginia’s Thanksgiving of Feast and Prayer at Henricus
What was the real meaning of Thanksgiving when first acknowledged by the English Colonists before the “Pilgrims” ever landed in America? Come join the Henricus interpreters and volunteers for a first-person living history experience where visitors will get to see how the English gathered; and discover why and how they gave thanks for their survival; why they enjoyed the comfort of an eight year peace with the Powhatan people; and the joys of beginning a successful tobacco industry. Come meet Sergeant Thomas Harris at his cabin with his fellow soldiers, also meet Mistress Alice Proctor at the tobacco plantation, and Master John Rolfe and his new wife, Rebecca, previously known as “Pocahontas” at Rocke Hall, as they are visiting the new Reverend. See what they would give thanks for and how they would eat well during special occasions.
Cost: $8 Adults, $6 Children age 3 – 12; Henricus Patrons free.
December 13, 2014 (10 a.m. –5 p.m. )
Sir Thomas Dale’s Colonial Christmas at Henricus
This event will demonstrate first-person character interpretation of the etiquette, norms, customs, and laws regarding Christmas in Elizabethan-Jacobean English households in the early 17th-century. Experience holiday traditions of different socio-economic homes and enjoy period dance and song in the hospital.
December 13, 2014 (1 –4 p.m. )
Henricus Colonial Christmas Camp (ages 5 – 10)
Join in a Colonial Christmas: make historic decorations and crafts and participate in games and traditional holiday activities of the Colonial Virginia era. Help us decorate your home and Henricus! Parents can do their Christmas shopping while kids are at camp. They can also visit our well-stocked gift shop featuring Colonial and Virginia Indian items! Registration required by December 10 by calling 804-318-8797.
Cost: $35/ Henricus Patrons $31
December 13, 2014 (6 – 9 p.m. )
Parade of Lights and Henricus Patron Christmas Reception
Enjoy the James River Advisory Council's annual Parade of Lights featuring boats decorated for the holiday season along the banks of Henricus Historical Park. Parade of Lights viewing is free/Patrons’ Reception is by invitation only.