Charles Lewis Grant, executive director, Henricus Historical Park, welcomed donors, guest and board members to the park on Monday for a groundbreaking ceremony for the re-created 1611 colonial Church and Meeting Hall. After reciting a bit of the park’s and church’s history, Grant told the guests that the church will be a “true anchor - the symbol, the icon of Henricus going forward.” The church will be the largest structure at the entrance of the park and is expected to be completed by Publick Days in September.
During the ceremony, John Siddall, chairman of the Henricus Foundation, recognized and honored the late Thomas K. McLaughlin, the honrary town architect at Henricus, for his many contributions to the living history museum. This was the fourth re-created structure he had design. He also designed the re-created Mt. Malady, Rocke Hall and the Ordinary. His wife, Mary, and his children, accepted resolutions from Chesterfield County and Henrico County.