Summer school is open at Henricus Historical Park

Posted at 8:10 AM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 08:10:46-04

CHESTER, Va. - You can travel over 400 years into the past without a time machine. Henricus Historical Park is now open for the summer. It’s a great place to learn about the 2nd successful English settlement in the New World.

"The parents and children can learn about the people here," Education Manager Rebecca Owen said. “[You can see] how the English colonists and the Powhatan Indians interacted with the environment around them. They get to hear stories and do hands-on activities."

"Kids did lose out on a lot of schooling over the last few months,” Education Supervisor Joshua Lehuray said, “so this is a great opportunity to combine two things. One, you can go outside on a beautiful day on a cool educational site. You can learn something, but you can also get fresh air and socially distance from each other."

It's like using a time machine to ask questions about Pocahontas' conversion to the Anglican faith, the first hospital in English North America, or why tobacco was the first cash crop.

"We can have those answers right here," interpreter John Pogano said. “You don't have to go through a million searches on your computer or a million libraries. Our staff here are trained to offer those explanations right away. The thing we do in living history is we kind of bring history out of the books."

It’s a fun and educational thing to do... while Building Better Minds.

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