Monday, September 21, 2009

Henricus Park's Publick Days

Yesterday, my husband and I went to the second day of Henricus Park's Publick Days in Chester, Virginia. It was a nice Sunday, sunny and not too hot as the day wore on. In fact, it started off pretty cool when we got into our car to drive to the park.

As you can see from the photos, they reenacted even more so than normal the Citie of Henricus in the 1600s. It is the second settlement after Jamestown. This is where they say Pocahontas and John Rolfe married. Usually it costs something to do something like this normally, but not this weekend.

The place was crowded after a while. But when we arrived to park, we got to do so in the first lot, right next to the park's entrance. When we left, we saw buses bringing in people who had to park in lots farther away. But we both felt that Saturday had to be way more crowded.

Not all reenactors were from the 1600s. There was a group of Civil War soldiers, as you can see from one of the photos. There was supposed to be others from WWI and WWII too, but we never saw them. Bill figured they were there only on Saturday.

Also the Godspeed (this is not the original one--Godspeed was one of the three ships that brought John Smith and others to New World) had came up river from Jamestown for the two days. So we got to go on board.

I also got to aim one of the replicas of a gun they used and I even took a picture of Bill standing next to some tobacco plants, which was one of the primary farming they did in Henricus back then.

Just as nice, though not historical, was being able to look over the river and see in the distance the bridge that is part of 295. We had been over that bridge many times since lived in Chesterfield. Though not as much since 895 was opened.

Please enjoy the photos, and if you're ever this way, or even live in Richmond or Virginia, but never been to Henricus Park, here is their website:

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