Henricus Historical Park

Explore early colonial history at the re-created 1611 Citie of Henricus located on the historic James River in Chester, VA. This “living history” museum has 14 recreated colonial and Powhatan Indian structures and offers hands-on encounters with historical interpreters. Two distinct areas – the Colonial-era Citie and the Powhatan town of Arrohateck – offer a look at English and local Indian cultures and interactions during this time period. Visitors may learn about colonial trades, observe the planting of tobacco and corn, enter an Indian longhouse, and much more. They may be asked to help with cooking, blacksmithing, planting or harvesting – even to join the Militia!
 
Educational programs include age-appropriate on-site outdoor programs focusing on history, social sciences, economics, government and environment; STEM math, archaeology and technology programs; indoor programs of mapping skills and science; and much more.
 
Contact Info
Address: Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Rd., Chester, VA 23836. Chesterfield County.
Tel: 804-748-1611
Hrs:   Teaching hours are available Mon.-Fri. from 10AM-3PM.
          General visitation is available Tues.-Sun. from 10AM-4PM.
 
SCHOOL
School programs focus on the Powhatan Indian tribes and the colonial Citie of Henricus of the early 17th century. Students are provided with hands-on, interactive programs that, dependent on the program(s) chosen, will expose them to history, economics, government, early education, primary sources, mapping skills, environment, archaeology and material and verbal culture. 
 
Contact Info
Name: Education Dept.
Phone: 804-318-8797.
 
Supports Classroom Learning In: History, Social Studies, STEM.
Topics Covered:  Colonial Era, Virginia Indians, 17th Century Sciences, Virginia Environment, Mapping Skills.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades.
Group Size: Min. 8, max. 120 per hour.
Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Outreach.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 45 minutes-3 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: 25:1 (our staff), 10:1 (own staff).
Registration: Phone, Email.
Food Options: Snacks and drinks only available in Gift Shop.
Cost: $8/student per program hour.
Title I or Financial Support: Limited; request must be made to Education Dept. 
Accessible To: Wide wheelchair tires recommended for pea gravel walkways.
 
 
SCOUTS
Scouts can visit the Park to enjoy hands-on activities, and interactions with interpreters. Contact the Park for scout programs in history, archaeology, colonial medicine, Indian lore, and more. Programs can be customized for length and depth, and for group needs. 
 
Contact Info
Name: Education Dept.
Phone: 804-318-8797.
 
Supports Scout Badges In: Social Studies.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades.
Group Size: Varies.
Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Outreach.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 45 minutes-3 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Scouts to Staff: Varies.
Registration: Phone, Email.
Food Options: Snacks and drinks only available in Gift Shop.
Cost: Fee.
Title I or Financial Support: Limited; request must be made to Education Dept. 
Accessible To: Wide wheelchair tires recommended for pea gravel walkways. 
 
HOMESCHOOL
Homeschool groups of 8 or more may register for school programs in Powhatan or colonial programs, archaeology, culture, geography, and more. Home School Days provide thematic programming for Home Schoolers and their parent(s). Topics vary by date. Please see calendar – www.henricus.org – for specific dates and topics.
 
Contact Info
Name: Education Dept.
Phone: 804-318-8797.
 
Supports Classroom Learning In: History, Social Studies, STEM.
Topics Covered:  Colonial Era, Virginia Indians, 17th Century Sciences, Virginia Environment, Mapping Skills.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades.
Group Size: Varies.
Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Outreach.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 45 minutes-3 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: Varies.
Registration: Phone, Email.
Food Options: Snacks and drinks only available in Gift Shop.
Cost: $8/student per program hour.
Title I or Financial Support: Limited; request must be made to Education Dept. 
Accessible To: Wide wheelchair tires recommended for pea gravel walkways.
 

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Living History Lesson Plan

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