Henricus Historical Park, Chester

Commemorating more than 400 years of history, Henricus Historical Park re-creates everyday 17th-century life in the second successful English settlement in North America and in the Virginia Indian site of Arrohateck. Due to its prime location as a military outpost on a bluff overlooking the James River, the site also boasts rich Revolutionary War and Civil War history, which visitors may experience through special events and programs throughout the year.

Surrounded by the 810 acre Dutch Gap Conservation Area, the living history museum offers exceptional Pre-K-12 and adult education programs, and both indoor and outdoor meeting and special event space. Henricus Historical Park is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization that operates in partnership with the Henricus Foundation and the counties of Chesterfield and Henrico.

For more information about Henricus Historical Park visit www.henricus.org and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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  • Very fun historical park for all ages. Was thrilled with my first visit here in 2016 and decided to become a member. Since then I've been many times with my children and enrolled them in a one-week su...  more »
  • Beautiful grounds and history, but event coordinator and director are manipulative and bad at communication. I would recommend for a short visit I guess, but I would not trust them to host any event s...  more »
  • This settlement was built in 1611 by the colonist from Jamestown. Here they built a hospital and began to grow tobacco. In 1613 Pocahontas is captured and becomes part of the history of this area when...  more »
  • What a hidden gem! Founded in 1611, just four years after Jamestown, Henricus was a better planned settlement. This living history park features extremely knowledgeable costumed historical interpreters in a beautiful setting that features hands on demonstrations showing daily life for the native peoples and English settlers. Beautifully constructed buildings, farm animals, gardens, and more allow you to wall through the park to get a real feel for living long ago. You drive through the Dominion Power station grounds on your way and wonder if you are going the right way but eventually it opens up to Dutch Gap nature preserve with pull offs for bird watching and a boardwalk to explore the marshland. The park also has walling trails, gift shop and restrooms that can be accessed without paying the entrance fee to the living history area. Great family fun that is not overcrowded like Jamestown can be. They also have some really interesting annual events. Definitely check out this lovely park!
  • I love the place and the lady at the gift/ information desk was real nice. She was very polite and communicated very appropriately about many topics I always wanted advice on. She shed some light on the history of the country country being founded and other information I found intriguing. The walkway was very neat and trimmed. The people in the consumes enacting the old times were very well dressed to the times. Will visit again
  • Very neat little living history museum. Kind of a creepy drive to get there through a very busy industrial area that looks like you're entering a construction site. But Dutch Gap nature preserve is beautiful once you find your way in. My main complaint was that a school group was there at the same time that we were, and not only were all of the interpreters working only work the school groups, leaving no one to interact with us or answer questions, but they kept asking us to move along so the school kids could stand where we were! We paid good money to come here but did not get the experience. If they are going to have big groups, they need to schedule extra interpreters for the rest of the guests.
  • Henricus is an amazing example of a museum that doesn't feel like a museum. The structures, the actors/staff, and the setting itself are so immersive that you almost can't believe it exists.
  • A beautiful walk by the james river, great to take kids and dags. Nice restrooms also

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