Henricus Historical Park received two female adolescent goats from the Chesterfield County Farm Bureau, initiating a partnership with the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC). Arriving directly from the O’Berry Farm in Matoaca, Pat and Cheryl O’Berry introduced Grasshopper and Doll Baby to the Henricus staff.
“We are very excited to have goats here at Henricus,” said Charles Lewis Grant, acting executive director, Henricus Historical Park. “Thank you Howard Nester who is with the Chesterfield County Farm Bureau and Pat and Cheryl O’Berry, with O’Berry Farms.”
Henricus is a living history museum with an average of 20,000 school children visiting each year. The goats’ arrival will become part of the agricultural program at Henricus and will continue to educate children that learn about modern agriculture technology in the classroom and puts them into contact with what has historically been done with goats during the colonial period.
“Our mission is to promote Virginia agriculture as much as possible,” said Howard Nester, Jr., president of the Chesterfield County Farm Bureau. “We are very involved with agriculture in the classroom. You guys [the staff at Henricus Historical Park] are doing the same thing and it is nice to combine modern farming and colonial farming. With the amount of children that come through the park, this [the goats] will enhance their experience.”
Karen Davis, executive director, AITC, said, “We work with teachers all over the state with bringing agriculture into the classroom. We are thrilled to be working with Henricus.”
AITC is a national program that fosters a greater understanding of how agriculture touches everyone’s life every day. Funded by Virginia’s agricultural community, the foundation provides elementary and middle school educators with free teaching materials that are aligned with Virginia’s Standards of Learning and can be integrated into current curricula.
Grasshopper and Doll Baby were born early April of this year. “They still have a lot of growing to do,” said Cheryl O’Berry. “They are just kids.” O’Berry said this is a very settled breed and will eventually weigh between 125 and 150 lbs.
The O’Berry’s live on a 75-acre farm and began raising goats in 1989. They gave specific instructions for the care of the goats and have committed to come out and help from time to time.
Grasshopper and Doll Baby are now considered part of the family at Henricus, along with Buttercup, the resident pig, and several chickens.
Henricus Historical Park is located at 251 Henricus Park Rd. in the Dutch Gap Conservation area. For more information and upcoming programs visit www.henricus.org.