Themes

Summer Themes

July 1- August 31

Wednesday - Gardens of Virginia: Powhatan and English Crops and their Uses

Thursday - Tomahawks to Cannons: How the Powhatan and English People Used their Technologies for Weaponry

Friday - Pocahontas' Food: How the Powhatan and English Ate and Drank in the Summer Months

Saturday - Child Labors: How the Children Worked (and played!) in Both the Powhatan and English Communities

Sunday - Medicines of the 17th Century: The Merging and Diverging Treatments of Native and European Sicknesses and Injuries

Haunted Henricus

Come down and spend the spookiest time of the year at Henricus Historical Park, all of our Halloween events can be found below:

Halloween Movie Nights

October 21 - Henricus will be showing Night of the Living Dead (1968) under the night sky out on our historic site. This black-and-white masterpiece features Ben and Barbra, who are trapped in a house with five other strangers. This group must survive the night against the living dead who have mysteriously come back to life in rural Pennsylvania. More information can be found here! 

Things That Go Bump in the Night

October 28 & 29 - This weekend, legends and tales from throughout the centuries come to life before your eyes! Take a guided tour through Henricus in the dark as interpreters dramatically demonstrate and perform old English folklore stories of witches, ghosts, goblins, shucks, and all “things that go bump in the night.” Come see what colonial Virginians thought were spooky, scary, or mysterious in our early history. More information can be found here! 

Witching Hour, Jr. (ages 3-10)

October 29 - Join us for a spooky day of family-friendly Halloween fun! Interact with Colonial interpreters and staff as you trick-or-treat in our recreated Indian village and English settlement, listen to a spook-tacular read-aloud story, and decorate your own mini-pumpkin. The festivities will wrap-up with a children’s costume parade around our English fort. More information can be found here! 

 

Hops in the Park

November 5 - The Henricus Foundation presents the seventh annual Hops in the Park, a national award-winning hops & harvest festival celebrating the long and rich history of brewing in Virginia! Hops in the Park features dozens of Virginia craft beers, brewing demos, farmers market, music, food, children’s activities, and of course - Virginia history.

All proceeds from Hops in the Park support Henricus Foundation's Children's Education Fund. More information can be found here! 

"Ye Corne Beer and Rosted Deer" : Thanksgiving Food and Drink Traditions of the Virginia Colonists

November 26 - This event will demonstrate the old and new traditions of how English people mixed giving thanks for a successful harvest with what bounty Virginia offered the people arriving here. Looking at how the English were influenced by other cultures and places – Asia, Africa, and the Americas – in their foods and feasts.

Staff will especially examine how the interactions with the Powhatan Indians wove a new diet into their experiences in the New World. Pottages, roasts, loaves of bread, desserts, and drinks common to feasting in early Virginia and what forms of thanks were given on those occasions will be demonstrated. If you enjoy the smell of wood fires, iron-pot cooking over hot coals, and clay oven bread baking, come to our annual autumn event! More information can be found here! 

Twelfth Night: Boar's Head Feast

December 17 & 18

Tis’ the Season to step back in time! Follow the merry Lord of Misrule to England in the 1590s and enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of Christmas as we knew it then: a multi-course feast including roasted meats, pies, ale, cider and more, served at table in our spacious, candle-lit Guest House with a blazing Yule log fire. Dine to the sounds of period musicians, with wassailing a-plenty, and many a toast to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I. Begin your holidays with one of the oldest English Christmas traditions in one of the oldest English settlements in North America: Henricus!

Tickets will be available to members first and then to the general public.