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Saturday, September 20, 2014: Publick Day
Henricus Historical Park will commemorate its anniversary during Publick Day, a signature annual event which celebrates the establishment of the second successful English settlement in the New World. In September 1611, Sir Thomas Dale, along with soldiers, tradesmen and farmers, ventured from Jamestown to create the Citie of Henricus. Leaders of Henricus developed the first English hospital, chartered the first college in North America, established tobacco as the first cash crop in Virginia, and created a place where Pocahontas lived and met John Rolfe.
Publick Day will take place Saturday, September 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is FREE and parking is $5 per vehicle.
Visitors to Henricus will be transported back in time through encounters with period-dressed historical interpreters portraying 17th-century life in re-created English and Virginia Indian settlements. Activities planned for Publick Day include living history re-enactments; English and Virginia Indian weapons demonstrations; craftsmen and blacksmiths;17th-century medicinal demonstrations; Virginia Indian and Colonial songs and dance; hands-on educational activities and crafts for families; storytelling; food vendors, and more. Master John Rolfe and Lady Rebecca Rolfe will be portrayed in first-person and answer questions from visitors.On the bluff overlooking the James River, re-enactments will explore the military history of Dutch Gap from 1781 to 1917.
This year Henricus welcomes 17th-century ship replica, Phoenix, which will be staffed by period-dressed historical interpreters demonstrating colonial maritime skills. LOVE artwork from the Virginia Tourism Corporation will be on display on the bluff overlooking the James River at Henricus. Perfect for social media photo opportunities, the LOVEwork ties into Virginia’s message that “love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation.”
“More than 400 years ago the Citie of Henricus was founded and went on to become an essential cultural landmark in the heritage and founding of the United States of America,” said Charles L. Grant, executive director. “As a living history museum, our mission is to educate the public about the significant historic milestones which took place at Henricus.”
The Henricus Foundation is pleased to participate in the Amazing Raise, a 36-hour online giving event sponsored by the Community Foundation. This year’s event takes place from Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 6 a.m. until Thursday, Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. The goal for 2014 is to raise $2 million in two days for Central Virginia nonprofits. For more information about how to make a donation to the Henricus Foundation, visit www.theamazingraise.org.
On Friday, September 19, Henricus Historical Park will host a reception from 6-9 p.m. featuring 17th-century music by Kelly Kennedy, Dean Shostack and Cliff Williams. A preview of the Church & Meeting Hall will take place featuring a theatrical portrayal of Rev. Alexander Whitaker from Henley Street Theatre/ Richmond Shakespeare. Admission is $100 payable by check or credit card. Donors to the Amazing Raise in the amount of at least $200 will receive two complimentary reservations. Reception reservations are required by Sept. 12 to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit www.henricus.org.
Throughout the year, general admission to Henricus Historical Park is free for Henricus Foundation Patrons, $8 for adults and $6 for children aged 3-12. Henricus is located on 32 acres along the scenic and historic James River and is surrounded by the 810-acre Dutch Gap Conservation Area. Only 20 minutes from Richmond, the living history museum is located at 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester, Virginia 23836. For more information, please call: (804) 748-1611.
An Evening of Philanthropy and 17th Century Merriment
A Private Preview of the Church and Meeting Hall
Entertainment and cocktails at the church site
Dinner on the beautiful James River Bluff
Henricus Historical Park
on the eve of Publick Day 2014
Friday, September 19, 6 – 9 p.m.
$100 Donation per person
RSVP by September 12
Kelly Kennedy, Dean Shostack and Cliff Williams of Colonial Williamsburg fame
17th century music and songs
Cameo theatrical appearance of Reverend Whitaker
From Henley Street Theatre/Richmond Shakespeare
Your $l00 gift helps to provide educational programs and historical interpreters for the Children’s Education Fund.
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An Amazing Raise donation email pledge for Henricus Foundation of $200 or more qualifies for 2 complimentary dinner reservations to this event.