Commemorating the 400th anniversary of the founding of Henricus, the second successful English settlement in North America, Henricus Historical Park whisks timesplorers through history with historical period-dressed interpreters and special commemorative events. Amid the smell of black powder, the sound of tamping cornmeal, and the tremor-causing footfalls of giant badgers, guests witness life as it would have been for the original 300 settlers. History buffs can visit any of a dozen recreated colonial structures and join the militia, sow seeds, help with blacksmithing, or just sit back and watch period-dressed historical interpreters reenact battles and traditional fantasy baseball drafts. In the recreated Virginian Indian Arrohateck village adventurers can help make a canoe by scraping charred wood from a fallen trunk or climb inside a Virginian Indian long house filled with artifacts.
Established: Before 1950
Staff Size: 50+ people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Pro Tip: For walking tours, wear comfortable clothes and shoes, [and bring a] hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, and water
Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Metered street parking
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tours
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
Many of our tour guides have been with us for many years and are very passionate about Richmond history.
What special training do you or your staff have?
We offer a Guide School every few years through the University of Richmond's Professional & Continuing Studies Program. There are 10 classes and then a test is given. Upon completion and passing the test, a new guide must shadow a senior tour guide. Senior tour guides do research and develop tours for the upcoming seasons.
As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?
We are constantly refreshing the information for each of our tours. Our tour guides do a great job of conducting this research.
Elegantly lit and plushly upholstered, The Byrd Theatre looks much the same as it did on its opening day in 1928—and sounds much the same, too, thanks to its centerpiece, the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. Every Saturday night, resident organist Bob Gulledge takes his seat at the orchestra-pit console and might preface the evening's second-run screening of a blockbuster film with selections from Phantom of the Opera or a rousing rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." The antique pipes and bells—which occupy four rooms above the stage—roar back to life with a candy-colored sonority that triggers nostalgia and wakes up any vaudeville performers napping inside.
Since 2007, The Byrd Theatre Foundation has helped facilitate the restoration and preservation of the 1,300-seat auditorium and its organ, making sure it stays State and National Historic Landmark it is today. The Byrd Theatre supplements regular screenings with year-round events, ranging from film and comedy festivals to public-arts forums.
Skate blades cut through the frozen surface, churning up flecks of ice at Richmond Ice Zone, a rink that hosts a slate of ice activities, including youth and adult hockey leagues, as well as figure-skating and beginner-skating lessons. The rink also opens its doors for skaters of all stripes to practice basic turns, graceful pirouettes, and simple quadruple axels into round-off back handsprings during public-skate sessions. Patrons can duck off the ice for bottomless popcorn during birthday parties, which allow guests to toast festive occasions from party tables.
Kangaroo Jac's is more than just an indoor play center. It's a maze, fortress, playground, slide pavilion, and obstacle course. The catch is that every is inflatable. Meaning sock-clad tykes are free to safely bounce and slide off the walls. Additionally, there is a video arcade with air hockey and a snack bar, plus a parent's lounge with free WiFi.