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Imagine it’s 1611

Travel back in time to the Citie of Henricus, the second successful English settlement in the New World. Explore a moment in time where 300 settlers, led by Sir Thomas Dale, departed the unhealthy environment of Jamestown with the hope of establishing a strong English Colony and with the intention of becoming the principal seat of the Virginia Company of London.

Learn how these brave settlers traveled 80 miles up the James River to build the city named for the eldest son of King James I, Prince Henry. Advancing into unknown wilderness, these explorers were under the constant threat of attack by Indians and Spaniards who had the capability to destroy the young struggling English colony.

Henricus Historical Park re-creates this historical journey that took place four hundred years ago highlighting a significant time where property ownership by the common man was a unique concept. This innovative idea, combined with the development of the first English hospital, the chartering of the first college in the New World, the English home of Pocahontas, the establishment of tobacco as the first cash crop in the New World, established the Citie of Henricus.

Discover the contributions made to the successful permanent colonization of North America and the eventual establishment of the United States of America. Visit Henricus Historical Park and relive America’s beginnings. Historical interpretation and reenactments pay tribute to Virginia’s Indians and the English settlers who carved a nation out of what was then Virginia’s western frontier.

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As a reminder, Henricus will be closed all day today! The Dutch Gap trails will remain open. ... See MoreSee Less

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Did you catch Father Christmas on WTVR CBS 6 News Virginia This Morning on CBS 6? Bring your kids to meet Father Christmas on Saturday, December 14 during Three Centuries of Virginia Christmas!PRECIOUS! 😍 We caught these two mingling in the WTVR CBS 6 News green room before the show. 🎄 “Father Christmas” from Henricus Historical Park and little Dibs from Richmond Animal League had a good chat. RAL says Dibs asked for all kinds of wonderful things — including homes for all the homeless pets. 🐱🐶 We hope your wish comes true, Dibs! (📷: Richmond Animal League) ... See MoreSee Less

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After nearly 13 years of service, our Education Supervisor, Margaret Carlini, is retiring. Margaret has been essential to the success of Henricus and has helped to educate over half a million school children on the colonial history of Virginia. You will be greatly missed, Margaret! ... See MoreSee Less

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Make sure to visit early today! Henricus will be closing at 12:30pm for a private event. We will also be closed on Friday, December 6. ... See MoreSee Less

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