Henricus Historical Park
Chester, VA

Imagine it’s 1611

Travel back in time to the Citie of Henricus, the second successful English settlement in the New World. Explore a moment in time where 300 settlers, led by Sir Thomas Dale, departed the unhealthy environment of Jamestown with the hope of establishing a strong English Colony and with the intention of becoming the principal seat of the Virginia Company of London.

Learn how these brave settlers traveled 80 miles up the James River to build the city named for the eldest son of King James I, Prince Henry. Advancing into unknown wilderness, these explorers were under the constant threat of attack by Indians and Spaniards who had the capability to destroy the young struggling English colony.

Henricus Historical Park re-creates this historical journey that took place four hundred years ago. Highlighting a significant time where property ownership by the common man was a unique concept. This innovative idea, combined with the development of the first English hospital, the chartering of the first college in the New World, the English home of Pocahontas, the establishment of tobacco as the first cash crop in the New World, established the Citie of Henricus.

Discover the contributions made to the successful permanent colonization of North America and the eventual establishment of the United States of America. Visit Henricus Historical Park and relive America’s beginnings. Historical interpretation and reenactments pay tribute to Virginia’s Indians and the English settlers who carved a nation out of what was then Virginia’s western frontier.

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* * *  Field Trip Fun for Your Family & 2016 Summer Day Camps!  * * *



Henricus Historical Park Summer Camps
Chester - ages 3-12, sessions in June, July & August
Join our professional staff in interactive and fun camps at this amazing living history park. Camps include period historical demonstrations and interactions and make-and-take craft activities.
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Hunt Club Farm Summer Farm Camp
Virginia Beach - ages 4-12, sessions in June, July & August
Hunt Club’s Summer Farm Camp provides children the opportunity to learn about life on a farm. This program offers hands on experience with farm animals. Each session includes several horseback riding experiences, fishing, farm games, daily cool down water activities, arts and crafts, and more! Campers leave with an abundance of knowledge and appreciation of all living things.
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Maritime Adventure Camps - The Mariners' Museum and Park
Newport News - grades pre-K through HS, sessions in July & August
Our week-long camps discover the rich history and science of the maritime world. Children will explore trips around the world, discover the depths of the oceans, become pirates for the day, see monsters and mermaids, travel on the Titanic and so much more. New this year is Maritime Drama Camp!
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Triple C Camp
Charlottesville - grades K-10th, sessions in June, July & August
Day camp programs for K-10th graders all summer long! Swimming every day, Horseback
riding, Nature, Canoeing, Sports, and a Climbing Tower with a 500ft Zip Line.
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Virginia Living Museum Summer Camps
Newport News - ages 4-grade 5, sessions in June, July & August
Museum educators help children explore nature and space through hands-on activities, visits through the Museum and live touchable animals.
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