Reliving the Opechancanough Offensive

The Saturday morning rain last week may have dampened the living history program of the 1622 Opechancanough Offensive at Henricus Historical Park, but visitors still arrived to walk among the staff who dressed, talked and acted as if it was March 21, 1622, the eve of the day when Powhatan Indian warriors attacked and killed over 300 English colonists.

Visitors first met Sergeant Thomas Harris, who had been assigned to inspect the men’s weapons and drill at Henrico Island.  There had been rumors that the Indians may be attacking after eight years of peace.

The men at the trades shop, perhaps carpenters or blacksmiths were hard at work preparing the Falling Creek Ironworks to begin operation.

John Proctor was away in England and his wife Alice Proctor was preparing to defend the  plantation in case of an attack.

Visitors also got a chance to meet Reverend Wickham and his servants in Rocke Hall.  

Henricus Historical Park, located in the Dutch Gap Conservation area,  is a living history museum where 400 years of history come to life with re-enactments, military drills and musket firings, craftsmen and blacksmiths, 17th-century medicinal demonstrations and  Virginia Indian activities throughout the year.  The next scheduled event for the public  will be April 28, “Pocahontas and the Powhatan People.”   For more information visit


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