Hip-hopping in Henricus
Every fledgling has heard of England's first permanent settlement, Jamestown. But have you ever heard of the Citie of Henricus? Probably not, but don't feel like a fool. Most people haven't, which probably makes the modern-day park even more intriguing for hipster historians.
Often deemed a 'failed' settlement, Jamestown offered its men poor drinking water and scores of mosquitoes. Sir Thomas Dale, deputy-governor of the Virginia Colony, was tasked with finding somewhere a little less swampy in 1611. He chose Henricus, named for King James I's oldest son, Prince Henry.
Located in present-day Chesterfield County, south of Richmond, Virginia, Henricus sits on the James River. Henricus saw the establishment of England's first college--University of Henrico, so kiss it William & Mary--and first hospital--Mt. Malady--in the New World. It even saw the passings of the bodacious American Indian babe, Pocahontas. After marrying tobacco farmer, John Rolfe, Pocahontas lived across the river from Henricus at Varina Farms Plantation. (No, she didn't marry John Smith like the Disney movie implies, but you can still jam out to "Colors of the Wind" now if you wish.)
Nobody's sure of Henricus' exact location, but, eh, today's historical park's close enough to the real deal as far as most folks are concerned. Here are a few glimpses of how the living history museum looks today. Look out for a black pig named Buttercup!