251 Henricus Park Road
Chester, VA 23836
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M (Groups only) 10 - 2 T- Sunday 10 - 4
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Henricus Historical Park, located near Richmond, Virginia on the historic James River, is a 17th century living history museum commemorating the 1611 - 1622 site of the Citie of Henricus and of the nearby Powhatan Indian town of Arrohateck. There are more than 20 re-created buildings including several Powhatan longhouses and associated structures and English colonial buildings that include militia buildings, a planter's house, a forge and carpentry shop, a colonial church, Rocke Hall (where Pocahontas was educated in English ways), Mt. Malady (the first English Hospital in the New World) and various tobacco and vegetable fields and barns for tobacco drying and shelter for our heritage livestock. 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" at Jamestown, the Citie of Henricus was expected to 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 and college and continuing education. 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 interactions.
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 natural resources, tobacco economics and trade, cultures in contact, government and the contributions of famous early historic figures such as Pocahontas, Chief Powhatan, Sir Thomas Dale, Alexander Whitaker and John Rolfe. 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 "Age of Exploration." Environmental and Archaeological programs help show how cultures rise and adapt within their ecological and technological boundaries. Programs are held outdoors and indoors and outreach at requesting schools.
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)
For more information or to book a program, call 804-318-8797 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Visit our website at www.henricus.org.