Henricus Historical Park
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- Picnic area
- River access
About Henricus Historical Park
Founded in 1611, the Citie of Henricus is the second successful English settlement in the New World and where the American dream of success and self-reliance began. Historical interpretation and reenactments and educational programs pay tribute to Virginia Indians and the English settlers who carved a nation out of what was then Virginia's western frontier. The site includes 14 re-created colonial structures.
The park is surrounded by the 810-acre Dutch Gap Conservation Area, the site of Revolutionary War and Civil War action and one of the best birding sites on the East Coast.
Henricus Historical Park operates in partnership with the Henricus Foundation and the counties of Chesterfield and Henrico.
Henricus Historical Park is the perfect setting for special events such as retreats, weddings, parties, banquets and other festivities. Henricus boasts a number of indoor and outdoor venues available for rental throughout the year. For more information, please email us or call 804-748-1611.
The gift shop carries unique items that represent the site’s 400 years of history. Featured gifts include handmade Virginia Indian products and an authoritative selection of books. To contact the gift shop, call 804-748-1611.
Henricus is a non-profit organization that operates in partnership with the Henricus Foundation and counties of Henrico and Chesterfield. Private philanthropy bridges the gap between county resources and what the park needs to operate and expand.
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 War and Civil War history. 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.