Chester homes are some of the best in Virginia, and our real estate agents work to make buying and selling easier than ever. However, even the hardest working team needs to relax and recharge now and then – when we do, it's time to visit Henricus Historical Park!
There are plenty of fun, interesting, and educational attractions in Chester. So, it stands out that Henricus Historical Park is consistently ranked #1 on TripAdvisor.
In fact, well over 60% of visitors give it a 5-star rating.
Henricus Historical Park is, as the name suggests, historical – but it goes well beyond the norm. Established in 1611 by the Englishman Sir Thomas Dale, it's one of the best mementos of a time even before the colonial age had gone into full swing.
European powers were still vying for a place on the continent, and the noble experiment we now know as America was decades away from taking a recognizable shape.
Even the most devoted history buffs have limited opportunities to learn more about this era from firsthand artifacts – but Henricus Historical Park opens a window on the fascinating time period.
Henricus marks the site of many key events in the early colonial, colonial, and Revolutionary periods. It was only the second English community to achieve success in the New World. Settlers on the James River encountered the Powhatans and related tribes: The people of Pocahontas.
Today, the 1611 city has been painstakingly brought back to life through the recreation of twelve colonial structures. Each is staffed by experienced history interpreters in period costume.
Sites such as the soldier's house, blacksmith's forge, church meeting hall, and tobacco barn have been built with era-appropriate materials, tools, and techniques in mind. The largest of these is "Mount Malady," the first European-style hospital (or "guest-house") in North America.
Arriving colonists often needed to recover from their long voyage, which lasted more than two months from beginning to end. Mount Malady was designed to accommodate 80 people and was an important part of the struggle against illness that colonists faced throughout their lives.
Visitors also have the opportunity to witness the "Indian Village." Here, you can participate in the craft of canoe-making and learn about the principles of harvesting tobacco and corn.
The reproduction Powhatan Village is complete with several longhouses (also called yehakins) with all of the amenities they would have had, including pole beds and fur blankets.
All types of artifacts are on display, and everything is intended to be interactive.
On top of all this, Henricus features a calendar of events, including seasonal celebrations and dramatic re-enactments. During spring and summer, hundreds of participants get together to demonstrate military drills, artillery, and even entire battles.
The park is open throughout the year with operating hours between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Adults pay $9, children aged 3-12 $7, and children under age two visit for free. A military discount is also available.
Henricus is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, welcoming both volunteers and donations.
As a resident of Chester, you'll have the chance to see history come alive any time you wish. Of course, Henricus Historical Park is just one of the many amazing amenities you'll enjoy nearby.
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