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History, innovation and fun blend seamlessly in Henrico, VA. For more than 400 years, Henrico County has helped write America's story and heritage -- from the nation's early settlements through the Revolutionary War and Civil War.
Walk in the shadows of history in Henrico County, Virginia - established in 1611 as one of the state's eight original shires. Named for Henry, Prince of Wales, the eldest son of King James I of England, its boundaries included an area from which 10 Virginia counties - including Chesterfield County - and three cities, including the City of Richmond, were later formed. Trace the footsteps of the English settlers, who first explored the area in 1607, led by Captain Christopher Newport, and then again four years later with Sir Thomas Dale.
By 1776, the area had experienced a rebirth and sent two representatives to the Fifth Virginia Convention, which ultimately proposed separation from the British, leading to the Declaration of Independence. Tour the sites of many key Civil War battles - including Seven Pines and Malvern Hill - fought on the soil of what is now Henrico, VA. Feel the significance of this critical turning point in American history.
Today, order has been fully restored to Henrico County, where 307,000 residents live in a well-planned, 244-square-mile community. Henrico County, is a thriving, urban community located in the heart of the Eastern seaboard and borders the City of Richmond on three sides. The county lies between the James and Chickahominy rivers, spanning a third of the Richmond Region. Witness the diversity of landscape, from the fast-growing, upscale, open-air Short Pump area ... to Westhampton's traditional homes and scenic University of Richmond campus ... to Northern Henrico's middle-class, suburban neighborhoods, which marked the first in the Region back in 1950.
Celebrate the preservation of the past alongside the wonders of the present in Henrico County, VA. Visit Stuart's Monument, where Major General J.E.B. Stuart was mortally wounded during the Civil War. Tour the Virginia E. Randolph Museum, named in memory of a noted African-American educator and founder of Virginia's vocational educational system. Step back in time at Meadow Farm Museum and Crump Park - featuring a 19th-century farmhouse, gardens and more than 150 acres of woodlands. Discover a nature lover's paradise at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, which boasts 40 acres of grounds, one of the largest and most diverse perennial gardens on the East Coast, and a nearly 17,000-square-foot Conservatory, housing exotic and unusual subtropical and tropical plants.
For high-octane thrills, don't miss the thundering sounds and speed of NASCAR at Richmond International Raceway. Experience the action-packed, adventurous side to Henrico, VA.
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Watch our nation's past, present and future come to life in Henrico, Virginia. From Civil War monuments and nature conservatories to NASCAR racing at Richmond International Raceway, there's something for everyone in this historic area.