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On Site Programs

Our recreated Powhatan Indian site of Arrohateck and the Citie of Henricus interpret the environmental resources, history, technology, economics and politics of these two 17th-century cultures as they lived side by side on Virginia’s James River. To enhance your learning objectives, multiple programs may be booked to run consecutively. All programs are SOL- and STEM-aligned for grades Pre-K- 12.

Each program includes a pre-visit packet and post-visit activities. An Indian and/or Colonial history DVD may be purchased for $3 each.

Elementary School Programs

History Kids: Indian or Colonial (Pre-K - K)

45 minute program

Participate in childhood skills of the 17th century through chores, games, stories and role playing activities of the era in our re-created living history sites. Select one or both themes.
Theme Choices: Indian or English children.

Pre-K Foundation Blocks for Early Childhood Learning: History & Social Studies Blocks 1-4; Science Blocks 4,6,7
History & Social Science SOLs: K.1(a), K.2, K.4(b-c), K.6
Science SOLs: K.4, K.5, K.6, K.8, K.9, K.10(a)

People of the River: Powhatan Indians (Grades 1 - 5)

1 hour program

Tour Arrohateck, a re-created Virginia Indian community once located on the James River, and experience the Eastern Woodland Powhatan Indian culture – just prior to contact – through hands-on participation in farming, food preparation, hunting and fishing and cultural activities. Watch life skills demonstrations by costumed interpreters and learn how each culture met their survival needs.

History & Social Science SOLs: 1.6, 1.12(a,c), 2.2, 2.3, 2.4(d), 2.5(b), 2.7, 3.3(b), 3.8, 3.10, VS.1, VS.2, VS.3(g), USI.1(b-d,i), USI.3(a-c), USI.4(b)
Science SOLs: 1.4(a), 1.5(a), 1.7(a-b), 1.8(a), 2.5(a-c), 2.7(a), 2.8(b-c), 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.9(a,d), 3.10(a), 4.5(b-d,f), 4.9, 5.7(g)

Success of the Citie: 17th-Century Henricus (Grades 1 - 5)

1 hour program

Students interact with early English settlers in this second successful “New World” English colony sited along the James River, and learn about their lives and hardships and their economic and security activities. Activities demonstrate the importance of daily chores and the division of labor, defense and martial laws, the making and use of tools, and the economic tobacco trade in this early colony. Historic personalities are introduced through age-appropriate government, civics, technology and economic activities.

History & Social Science SOLs: 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 2.3, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 3.3(b), 3.5(d), 3.8, 3.9, 3.10, VS.1, VS.2(a-c), VS.3, VS.4, USI.1(b-d,i), USI.4(a-b), USI.5
Science SOLs: 1.5, 1.7, 1.8(a), 2.5(a-c), 2.7(a), 2.8(a-c), 3.2, 3.4(a), 3.6(b-c), 3.9(a,d), 3.10(a-c), 4.5(b), 4.9, 5.7

Mapping the James River (Grades 1 - 5)

1 hour program
Indoor program (on site or outreach)

Understand the people, places, environment, economics and history of Virginia’s James River using historical maps with two- and three-dimensional mapping activities. Using basic mapping skills and tools, trace Captain John Smith’s exploration of the James River in 1607. Understand how land changes can be traced over time using maps. Students (grades 1 – 3) team-build their own future community on a Richmond regional map. Students (grades 4 – 5) track the John Smith venture up the James River and design a community of the futureon a 3-D map, taking into account past and present land uses.

History & Social Studies SOLs: 1.4(a-b), 1.6, 2.5, 2.6, 3.5(c-d), 3.6, VS.1(i), VS.2(b-d), USI.1(f-g), USI.3(b-c)
Science SOLs: 1.8(a), 2.8(b), 3.9(a), 4.2(a), 4.5(b,d,f), 4.6, 4.8(a,d-e)

Two Lives of Pocahontas (Grades 3 - 5)

2 hour program

Follow the cultural lives of Pocahontas as both a Virginia Indian girl and later as an English woman. Compare and contrast the economic, educational, religious and political implications of her life in and between both cultures. Program uses both the Arrohateck Indian village and the English Citie of Henricus.

History & Social Science SOLs: 3.3(b), 3.10, 3.12, VS.1(a-g), VS.2(a-e), VS.3, VS.4, USI.1(b-f), USI.3(b-c), USI.4(a-b), USI.5(a)
Science SOLs: 3.2, 3.4, 3.6(c-d), 4.5(b-d), 4.9, 5.7(g)

17th-Century Sciences (Grades 1 - 5)

1 hour program
Indoor or outreach program

Explore the beginnings of modern scientific theory and method as it evolved during the Age of Enlightenment of the 17th century. Exploration was the operative word: navigational methods, new theories of the solar system, medical advances and new inventions all helped to bring new people to the New World. Hands-on activities.

History & Social Science SOLs: VS.1, VS.2(a)
Science SOLs: 4.1(b-c), 4.7(a-d), 5.1

Cultures in Contact: Archaeology & History (Grades 1 - 5)

2 hour program
Indoor or outreach program

Recreate the life and living patterns of three 17th-century cultures – living and interacting in the same area – through the archaeological record. Learn the archaeological techniques, work with primary sources and recreate both artifact and non-artifact – verbal – culture in this two-hour program.

History and Social Science SOLs: VS.1, VS.2, VS.3, VS.4, USI.2(d), USI.3, USI.4
Science SOLs: 4.1, 4.5(d,f), 4.9, 5.1, 5.7(g)

Voyage to Virginia (Grades 4 - 6)

4 hour (two-site) program

Visit Agecroft Hall and Henricus Historical Park to discover the differences between the environment, economics and lives of English servants (Agecroft Hall) and Virginia colonial indentured servants (Henricus) during the 17th century. Participate in security, economics, farming andtrade interactions with the native Indians.

History & Social Science SOLs: VS.1, VS.2, VS.3, VS.4, USI.4(a-b), USI.5

Middle and High School Programs

Math & Mapping the James River (Grades 6 - 8)

1 hour program
Indoor or outreach program

17th-century innovations in mapping techniques and navigational tools brought colonists to the “New World”. Using mapping and math skills, find and rebuild the Citie of Henricus from the historical record.

History & Social Science SOLs: WHI.1(a-f), WHI.12(a), WHII.1, WHII.4(a-d), WHII.5(e)
Mathematics SOLs: 6.2, 6.3(a-c,f), 6.11, 7.1, 7.3,  7.4, 8.3, 8.8
Science SOLs: 6.1, 6.3(c), 6.7(b-d)

Virginia Governments (Grades 6 - 9)

1 hour program
Indoor or outreach program

Compare and contrast early 17th century Indian and English Colonial laws, leaders, civic duties, communal needs and economic systems. Map activities, role playing, debate and team activities emphasize social interaction through security concerns, barter and trade, and community laws. Track the development from martial law and early representative government of early 1600’s to American government of today.

History & Social Sciences SOLs: USI.1, USI.4, USI.5, USII.1(a-b,d,f), CE.1(a-b, f), CE.2(a-b),  WHII.2(d), WHII.4(d)

Colonial Cultures of the James River Watershed (Grades 6 - 9)

2 hour program

Provided jointly by Henricus Historical Park and the Chesterfield County Naturalist, this program investigates watersheds and how the James River shaped human activity both historically and today. Students rotate through hands-on environmental and historical activities to follow economics, trade and government of the English colonists as they settled in the 17th century along the James River.

History & Social Science SOLS: CE.2(a-b), CE.11(a), CE.12(d), CE.13 (a-b), WHI.1, WHII.1(b-f), WHII.2(d-e), WHII.3, WHII.4, WHII.5(e), WG.2, WG.3, WG.6, WG.8, WG.9(a-b), VUS.2, VUS.3, GOVT.2(d)
Science SOLs: 6.5(e-f), 6.7, LS.7, LS.8, LS.11, ES.3(a), ES.4(b), ES.6(c-d), ES.8

Cultures in Contact: The Archaeological Record (Grades 6 - 12)

2 hour program
Indoor or outreach program

Recreate the life and living patterns of three 17th-century cultures – living and interacting in the same area – through archaeology. Learn the archaeological techniques, work with primary sources and recreate both artifact and non-artifact – verbal – culture in this two-hour program.

History and Social Science SOLs: USII.1, USII.2(a), CE.2(a), WHI.1, WHI.2, WHII.1, WHII.4, WG.2, WG.3, WG.5, WG.6, WG.7, VUS.2, GOVT.2(d)
Science SOLs: 6.1, 6.7, LS.8, LS.10, LS.11, ES.1, ES.2, ES.6(c), ES.8(d-e), ES.12, BIO.8

17th-Century Sciences (Grades 6 - 9)

1 hour program
Indoor or outreach program

Explore the beginnings of modern scientific theory and method as it evolved during the Age of Enlightenment of the 17th century. Exploration was the operative word: navigational methods, new theories of the solar system, medical advances and new inventions all helped to bring new people to the New World. Hands-on activities.

History & Social Science SOLs: WHI.1(e), WHII.1(e-f), WHII.2(e-f), WHII.3(a,c)
Science SOLs: 6.1(b,d-g), 6.2, LS.1, PS.1, PS.10, ES.2, ES.12, ES.13