In 1985, a group of visionaries assembled to create the Henricus Foundation with the goal of developing the site as a colonial living history museum to promote the rich history that took place here from 1611-1622, along with important Revolutionary Way and Civil War history. In 1987, Henricus Foundation was granted 501(c)(3) status.
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.
Henricus Historical Park is an example of a public/private partnership funded by the Henricus Foundation, Chesterfield County, and Henrico County that was formed to provide citizens with the opportunity to participate in educational programming and recreational activities through living history and outdoor activities.
Today, Henricus is a living history destination park visited by nearly 25,000 area school children each academic year. Thousands more visit Henricus each year to participate in daily interpretation, programs, and special events.