Upcoming Events at Henricus
Henricus Historical Park is a living history museum operating as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in partnership with the Henricus Foundation and counties of Chesterfield and Henrico.
Henricus Foundation Patrons must present their pass or photo I.D. for free admission to the events listed below (excluding School of the Musketeer.)
$8/Adults and $6/children (ages 3-12)
Military discount of $1 offered to active and retired military personnel and family.
November 23, 2013 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Friendship, Trade & Feast
Come join the English and Virginia Indian historical interpreters at Henricus for the autumn harvest feasts and fun common to all people in 17th-century Virginia. Visitors will have a chance to be immersed in the cooking, games, songs, and dances that were common to the homes in 1611-1622 Virginia. This event will further interpret the history of the first “Thanksgiving” in English America, the one which happened in 1619 in Virginia! Join us for smells, sounds, and frolic of the 17th century past.
November 30, 2013 (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Affairs of the Hearth
Explore 17th-century cooking in the daily life of English soldiers, middle-class colonists and Virginia Indians. Demonstrations at the Virginia Indian site will feature the smoking of meat and making of harvest stew and corn cakes. Historical interpreters will demonstrate how soldiers made small rations of salted bacon, peas and oatmeal appealing through additives of bread, cheese and yard vegetables. Middle-class cooking will be featured at the re-created plantation of John and Alice Proctor to highlight a typical English autumn meal.
December 7, 2013 (10 a.m.–2 p.m.)
Christmas in the Colony Camp (ages 5 – 10)
Join in a children’s Colonial Christmas – make historic decorations and crafts and participate in games and activities of Colonial Virginia. Help us decorate your home and Henricus! Parents can do their Christmas shopping and also visit our Gift Shop for their Holiday needs! Registration required by November 29 by calling 318-8797. $30/ $25 Henricus Foundation Patrons
December 7, 2013 (1, 2 & 3 p.m.)
Pontoon Boat Tours of the James River (Ages 6 – Adult)
Visitors to Henricus Historical Park are encouraged to participate in 45-minute history and conservation tours on the Discovery Barge II, a covered 24-foot pontoon boat captained by Mike Ostrander of Discover the James, an established provider of educational eco-tours and fishing trips. Excursions will feature local wildlife and 17th-century through modern day history at Henricus and Dutch Gap. Participants will step back in time and explore the habitats of native bald eagles and listen to stories of 12-foot sturgeon fish among other fascinating aspects of the James River. Registration is required by November 29 by calling 804-318-8728. Cost: $25 per person
December 14, 2013 (10 a.m. – 3 p.m. )
Civil War Winter Camp (ages 8-12)
Participate in a winter day in the life of a Civil War soldier: drills and chores, cooking, music and stories. Parents can do their holiday shopping while their children have fun at camp. Registration required by calling 804-318-8797 by December 6. Cost: $30/$25 Henricus Foundation Patron
December 14, 2013 (6 - 9 p.m. )
Parade of Lights and Patron Christmas Reception
Enjoy the James River Advisory Council's annual Parade of Lights featuring boats decorated for the holiday season along the banks of Henricus Historical Park. Patrons’ Reception is by invitation only.
December 14, 2013 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m. )
Henricus Colonial Christmas
This event will demonstrate first-person character interpretation of the etiquette, norms, customs, and laws regarding Christmas in Elizabethan-Jacobean English households in the early 17th century. Experience holiday traditions of different socio-economic homes and enjoy period dance and song in the hospital. Event is free of charge.