Monthly Themes

July Theme:  Work, Fight, and Lead: English and Powhatan Women Month  

Interpreters will present various English and Powhatan women who worked, fought, and sometimes lead their communities in early 17th century Virginia.  The themes of work, fight and lead will offer a glimpse into the common and unique worlds of women trying to live their lives in a clash of Anglo-Powhatan cultures.

August Theme:  Sieges and Soldiers: Military Artillery and Engineering Month

Interpreters will demonstrate a variety of methodologies and systems of artillery and engineering from the 17th century through the American Civil War.  Fort interpreters will demonstrate how European soldiers often had to make gabions and fascines from green sticks and vines that were to shield men assigned to cannons.  Several types of cannons will be displayed.  An interpreter will be stationed at a reconstructed Civil War fortification to demonstrate how digging into the earth was a typical way to fight wars in the summer of 1864.


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Publick Days

September 18 & 19

Watch 400 years of history come to life at Henricus' bi-annual signature celebration! Publick Days features over 60 historical interpreters, demonstrations, and the 17th-century replica ship, Godspeed from Jamestown Settlement.


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Haunted Henricus

Halloween Movie Nights

October 22 & 23
Since the creation of Hollywood, filmmakers have taken old folklore and spooky stories and transformed them into the movies that we now associate with Halloween. Henricus will be showing two of these traditional black and white silent films from 1922, The Headless Horseman and Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages. Lectures will be offered beforehand to address the historical perspectives and topics related to these movies.

Things That Go Bump in the Night

October 29 & 30
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.” For more information.

Witching Hour, Jr. (ages 3-10)

October 30
Join us for a spooky day of family-friendly Halloween fund!  For more information.

Haunted Henricus Paranormal Overnight Investigation

October 30
Join Henricus staff and Transcend Paranormal to investigate the historic site!  For more information.


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Hops in the Park

November 6

The Henricus Foundation presents the sixth 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 over 40 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. FREE ADMISSION! For more information.



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Boar's Head Feast - CANCELLED

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.


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