Henricus Historical Park commemorates 1622 Indian offensive on March 22-23

Visit Henricus Historical Park on March 22 and 23 to commemorate the anniversary of the 1622 Virginia Indian offensive which destroyed Henricus. A ceremony on Friday will honor English lives lost and perspectives of both Virginia Indians and colonists will be explored on Saturday. A candlelight tour will offer first-person accounts as if it were the evening of the offensive.

On Friday from 9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. a ceremony will take place at Henricus to commemorate the anniversary of the offensive which took place on the same day in 1622. Rituals will include the reading of names for the English settlers who perished and a wreath-laying ceremony. The flag of St. George’s Cross will be raised to half-staff in front of the visitor center.

Activities on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. will examine the complex relationships that existed between the English and Powhatan people since the 1614 wedding of Pocahontas and John Rolfe. Methodologies used by Powhatan leader Opechancanough in the offensive will be explored along with life afterwards for Virginia Indians and English settlers in the colony. Musket and cannon-firing demonstrations will take place throughout the day.

Candlelight tours on Saturday from 7 p.m. -9 p.m. will feature first-person accounts from both sides as if it were the evening of the raid. Candlelight tours are included with admission for the daytime event on Saturday or visitors may attend separately for the same price.

Admission is free for Henricus Foundation Patrons, $8 for adults and $6 for children aged 3-12. Light refreshments will be available during the day in the Patrons’ Tavern for members of the Henricus Foundation.

Only 20 minutes from Richmond, Henricus Historical Park is located at 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester.


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