Stride Through TIme
400 years of history in the richmond region


Virginia’s Historic Richmond Region offers more than 400 years of history to explore. But it’s the hands-on, interactive, one-of-a-kind experiences that make our history anything but textbook. So step into your time machine, students, and enjoy the ride!


See first-hand what life as an indentured servant was like in early America.

Experience Colonial life at the second successful English settlement in the New World.

Relive the Second Virginia Convention and witness the beginnings of a Revolution.

Hear the American Civil War story from three interwoven perspectives: Union, Confederate and African-American.

Learn about the evolution of modern science and watch a film on a giant IMAX screen.

Experience modern-day fun with twists and turns at Kings Dominion, featuring one of the largest roller coaster collections on the East Coast.


Begin your journey through time in the late 1500s at Agecroft Hall. Originally built in Lancashire, England, this 15th-century Tudor-style home was dismantled and rebuilt on the banks of the James River in 1925. Learn what life was like as an indentured servant as you spend the day signing your indenture contract and performing your assigned duties.

Next, make your arrival in the New World! The re-created 1611 Citie of Henricus awaits at Henricus Historical Park. Henricus was the second successful English settlement in the New World and home to Pocahontas and her husband John Rolfe. Spend the afternoon as an indentured servant in the Colony of Virginia performing military drills, tending to the crops and animals and bartering for goods with American Indians.


Beginning in 1619, against their will and without the promise of a better tomorrow, enslaved Africans are also arriving in the New World. Trace the first footsteps of those enslaved along the Richmond Slave Trail. Chronicling the history of trade until 1775, the trail is  a memorial  to those  who walked this route. It begins at Manchester Docks, a major port in the massive down river Slave Trade, and follows a route through the slave markets of Richmond. For a guided tour, The Elegba Folklore Society offers a powerful torch-lit evening walking tour.

Travel to 1775, when unrest is stirring in the Colonies. Attend a meeting at the historic St. John’s Church to discuss the tyranny of England. Relive the Second Virginia Convention where Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and many other of our nation’s Founding Fathers are gathered. Engage in arguments of oppression and hear Patrick Henry passionately argue for colonists’ rights. Witness his final plea of “give me liberty or give me death!” Cast your vote and prepare for a Revolution.

The foundation of our government is formed as America breaks free from England. The Virginia State Capitol, designed by Thomas Jefferson in 1788 is the first building of its kind in America and the second oldest working Capitol in the United States. Pay a visit and learn the history of the legislative process and how a bill becomes law today.


In less than one hundred years, you’re at war again in 1861. Only this time, it’s different.

The American Civil War Center tells the Civil War story like never before. Study the causes, courses, and legacies from three interwoven perspectives: Union, Confederate and African-American.

Next it’s 1945 and World War II has ended. Head to the Virginia Holocaust Museum and learn about the lives of Holocaust survivors through their stories of the Kovno Ghetto and Dachau concentration camp. Hands-on exhibits and a comprehensive research center elicits hope and reflection. Kosher lunches are also available.

Zip through time to the new millennium and learn about the evolution of modern science at the Science Museum of Virginia. Participate in hands- on and interactive activities, demonstrations and exhibits, from aerospace and biology to physical science and geology. Watch educational films in the Ethyl IMAX Dome and Planetarium.


Experience modern day fun with twists and turns at Kings Dominion, featuring one of the largest roller coaster collections on the East Coast!

Log off, time traveler, and return home after exploring 400+ years in Virginia’s Historic Richmond Region!