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Learn a Bit of History While Having a Fun Family Outing Near Richmond, VA

photo courtesy Henricus Historical Park
photo courtesy Henricus Historical Park

For those looking for an educational family vacation, here are a few ways for families to witness colonial Virginia through the living history museum at Henricus Historic Park in Chester, VA with events happening throughout the fall season.

September 19-20 is the annual free event, Publick Days, celebrating the second permanent settlement in the New World at Henricus in 1611.  Publick Days events will include demonstrations of Native American activities, musket firings, on-site historical interpretations, colonial children’s games and crafts and more.  This year the Godspeed from Jamestown Settlement will be docked at Henricus during this event and will be available for tours.  Henricus is the only place the Godspeed will sail to in 2009.   According to Paul Tubach Jr., Henricus Historical Park executive director, “Publick Days has become the most popular event at Henricus because it is a great opportunity for families to learn about Virginia’s Colonial history in a fun, interactive setting.”

November 7-8, learn the ways of the People of Pocahontas:  Virginia’s Native Community.
Explore the culture of Virginia’s first people at Henricus Historical Park.  Learn about the skills that enabled the Virginia Indians to flourish and how sharing their knowledge ensured the colonists’ chances for survival.  Daily Admission Fee.  Additional Fee for Craft Activities:  Preparing for Winter/Food Ways Demos – Indians and English

Henricus is located just south of Richmond, VA.  If you have a couple of days, explore some of Richmond’s main attractions like the Science Museum of Virginia, the Edgar Allen Poe Museum if you have a brooding teen, or the Children’s Museum of Richmond for toddlers and preschoolers.

If you have several days, it’s worth a drive to Washington DC after your visit.  View our articles on the DC-Virgina area, and Washington DC downtown.

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