The mission of The Henricus Foundation is to provide educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities through preservation, reconstruction, and interpretation of early Virginia history beginning with 16th century Virginia Indians, the 1611 Citie of Henricus, and the Dutch Gap Conservation area.
As a nonprofit organization, we would not be able to keep history alive without YOU.
Your donation today helps us to develop exciting new programming for the community, provide scholarships to underserved children, maintain and improve the site, care for our animals, and everything in-between.
Due to funding losses from the Covid-19 pandemic, Henricus Historical Park is holding a fundraising raffle to help with operating costs. Our interpretive staff have been busy making items to raffle off and give you the chance to own a piece of handcrafted history! Your contribution helps our historic site continue to provide outstanding visitor experiences.
Raffle Info: Items will have a different cost per ticket. You may enter to win more than one item. Winner will be chosen randomly and the drawing will be held when the noted number of tickets are sold for that item or May 2021, whichever comes first.
*Some items are still being made and do not currently have a photo. We will post photos once they are finished.*
Monmouth Cap (SOLD OUT)
Monmouth caps have been well documented from the late 1400s all the way through the 1700s. The only known surviving example is from the 16th century and resides in the Monmouth Museum collection in Wales. These knitted caps were used by soldiers and became very popular with sailors as well.
This cap was knitted by Nicole, our domestics interpreter using 100% wool that she hand dyed on site with logwood. *Image is example only*
Care Instructions- One size fits most. Hand wash in cold water OR wash alone in machine on gentle cycle with cold water. Do not machine dry. Color may bleed or change tone with certain detergents.
Ticket: SOLD OUT. Winner to be announced!
Powhatan Quiver and Arrow Set
Virginia Algonquian Indians practiced archery both for hunting and for war. Arrows were typically made with hardwood or river cane shafts, and fletched with a pair of turkey feathers tied on with deer sinew. A variety of points were used including stone, bone, deer antler and blunt tips. Some cane arrows were even made with detachable fore-shafts, allowing the main arrow to be retrieved and easily re-tipped. Quivers were made from a variety of materials including animal skins, river reeds and tree bark formed into round cases and were typically worn over the shoulder from a single leather strap.
This reproduction Algonquian quiver and arrow set includes a handmade bark quiver with three arrows tipped with a variety of common points used in Eastern Virginia during the early 1600’s. These arrows were made by Dave, our Powhatan Indian interpreter.
Ticket: $20 - Winner chosen after 100 tickets are sold.
Plate armor was worn from the 1300s. As weapons technology improved, armor was designed to keep pace (the first arms race). While much of what remains in museums is the ornate armor used by the upper classes, the example we’re offering is a much more common munitions-grade armor.
All parts of this cuirass were made by our blacksmith, Terry, using a combination of hot and cold working and is made of 16-gauge hot rolled steel. This style of armor would be appropriate for Thomas Dale’s men to have worn here in the colony. This armor can be adjusted to fit most people and if the winner is in the local area our smith will custom fit it to the new owner.
Ticket: $25 - Winner chosen after 100 tickets are sold.
Leather drinking vessels have been popular for centuries! This hand-sewn leather jack is being made by Randall, our military historical interpreter. It is made from cowhide, linen thread, beeswax & brewer’s pitch. This late Tudor drinking jack is as authentic as it gets. Natural discolorations in the leather make for a truly unique piece. Drink your ale like they did 400 years ago!
Ticket: $15 - Winner chosen after 50 tickets are sold.