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Welcome to Henricus!

While this is technically my second post, I wanted to introduce the blog – and Henricus – properly. When I started writing this out, I realized there was no way I could introduce Henricus without writing a small novel. But you do need some kind of introduction before I suddenly launch into behind-the-scenes and historical interpretation from the front lines. Henricus is turning 400-years-old in two years, after all.

Henricus Historical Park is a 32 acre living history museum located along the James River, just south of Richmond. We have a dedicated group of interpreters and volunteers who portray the daily lives of English soldiers, tradesmen, indentured servants, the goodwives & single women, and Native Americans who lived in the areas of Coxendale and Henrico between the years 1611 to 1622. To do that, we have 13 structures on site, in which we interpret the 17th century. We perform the activities and chores, wear the same types of clothing, and eat the same meals they may have done 400 years ago.

As interpreters, we use “encounter third-person interpretation” to speak to visitors. So if you were to speak to us, we’d speak to you from a modern perspective. But for special occasions, we might break out the character interpretation. 🙂

To give you a glance around the site, I thought I’d post a few pictures. We had a rare occurrence on Monday: 4″ of snow! (More about that later!) I hope you enjoy a look at the Henricus buildings in the snow…

Powhatan Village

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This is the Powhatan village where we interpret the Native Americans who lived in Virginia 400 years ago. Arrohateck (the name of this particular village) is mostly used for school programs.