251 Henricus Park Road
Chester, VA 23836
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Henricus Historical Park, located near Richmond, Virginia on the historic James River, is a 17th century living history museum consisting of fifteen re-created English Colonial buildings and working farm, tobacco plantation and heritage livestock and six structures in the Powhatan Indian village of Arrohateck. The Park also contains indoor classroom space, rental and catering facilties, an office building and Visitor's Center and Gift Shop.
Started in 1611 after the "starving time" by settlers from Jamestown, the Citie of Henricus was to have become the new capital of the Virginia Colony. The Park commemorates the earliest beginnings of the “American experience” through costumed interpretation and hands-on interactive programs for school children grades Pre-K – 12. Multi-curricular programs mix the history and the social sciences with STEM Education and literature to provide an understanding of the earliest beginnings of American government, economics and cultural interaction.
School programs include grade-level-appropriate hands-on activities emphasizing the physical and cultural life of the Indians and of the English settlers during the earliest period of Virginia colonization. Activities cover a range of topics: use of natural resources, archaeology, tobacco economics and trade, cultures in contact, government and the contributions of famous early historic figures such as Pocahontas, Chief Powhatan, Sir Thomas Dale and John Rolfe. Programs are held both outdoors and indoors and outreach at requesting schools. STEM Educational skills in mathematics, technology and the sciences are covered through mapping and navigational activities and work with early experimentation in science and inventions, which helped lead to the "Science Revolution" and the "Age of Exploration." Environmental and Archaeological programs help show how cultures rise and adapt within their ecological and technological boundaries.
Teacher Resources include topic-specific Workshops in partnership with school districts, Virginia’s Farm Bureau, Naturalists and with other living history museums. These resource sessions provide activities regarding primary sources, in-depth historical information and sessions with loaner artifacts on how to use museum exhibits in Project- and Problem-Based Learning (PBL)
Future additions to Henricus Historical Park include: 16th Century full-scale sailing ship, STEM Science Stations along a wetlands walkway, a new classroom and nature center, an A-V Theater and museum-type exhibits.
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm last ticket sold at 4pm
For more information or to book a program, call 804-318-8797 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website at www.henricus.org.