Henrico County Historical Society
PO Box 90775   Henrico, VA 23273   (804)501-5682   hchsinfo@yahoo.com

Henrico County Historical Society's motto, which is Preserving the Past in the Present for the FutureSkipwith Academy in Three Chopt District, Henrico County, Virginia.Log Cabin in Tuckahoe District, Henrico County, Virginia.Mankin Mansion in Fairfield District, Henrico County, Virginia.Dorey Barn in Varina District, Henrico County, Virginia.Bethlehem Church in Brookland District, Henrico County, Virginia.


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Historic Bus Tour: In the Wake of the War

Tour Starts from the Dabbs House Museum
Saturday June 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Homes and structures that witnessed the war still dot our county today. Come see and hear about the aftermath of the war that changed America. Hear about the families that lived through it. See seldom visited houses on this new Civil War Sesquicentennial program.

Information: mck32@henrico.us.

Preregistration required.

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     Price: $26.00

A Dinner with a Spy: Meet Elizabeth Van Lew

Walkerton Tavern
Friday, June 12, 6-8:30 p.m.

Enjoy a historically authentic dinner set in 1865 Richmond while listening to period music. The evening will feature Unionist and spy Elizabeth Van Lew who will share with you the current state of Richmond.

Information: mck32@henrico.us.

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     Price: $26.00

Colonial Dance and Tea

Colonial Tea.

The Colonial Dance Club of Richmond and the Henrico County Historical Society present an Afternoon of Colonial Dance and Tea.

Please join us for a leisurely trip back in time at Henrico's historic Walkerton Tavern, where you will enjoy a presentation of English country dancing and sample exquisite specially blended teas served in fine bone china and taste a variety of gourmet treats.

The afternoon's festivities take place on Sunday, May 17th, and include:

  • Dancing from 2:00-3:00
  • Tea served from 3:00-4:00
  • More dancing from 4:00-5:00

Period dress is optional.

Walkerton Tavern is located at 2892 Mountain Road in Glen Allen, VA 23060.

Tickets are $20 with advance registration. Proceeds will support the Meadow Farm Kitchen Project. If you wish to pay by mail instead of via Paypal, please complete this Colonial Dance and Tea Mail-in Form (pdf) and mail with check to the address listed in the form.

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     Price: $21.00

Henrico County Historical Society Calendar for 2015

2015 Calendar.

The cost is $12 for orders consisting of 1-4 calendars. The cost is $9 for orders of 5 or more. Proceeds go toward a scholarship fund. The theme of the calendar is bygone businesses that have contributed to the economic growth of Henrico County. If purchasing by mail, the tax is 5.3% and shipping/handling is 1.82 per calendar.

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     Price: $12.00

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     Price: $9.00

Meadow Farm Museum Kitchen

Meadow Farm Museum.

In 2013 Meadow Farm celebrated its 300th anniversary, dating to 1713 when William Sheppard first received the original land grant. Mosby Sheppard built the existing house in 1810. The property was later acquired by Dr. John Mosby Sheppard. Seven generations of the Sheppard family lived at Meadow Farm.

In 1974 Meadow Farm was listed on the Virginia Landmark Registry and the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1975, Elizabeth Adam Crump (wife of the late Adjutant General of Virginia, Sheppard Crump) donated the property of Meadow Farm to the County of Henrico and it was opened to the public as Meadow Farm Museum/ Crump Park in 1981.

Although restoration had been completed in the late 1970s to preserve and interpret Meadow Farm, damage from Hurricane Isabel in 2003 presented the County an opportunity to re-examine documents pertaining to the original house construction. Mosby Sheppard and his son John Sheppard built Meadow Farm in phases. Both men carefully documented the purchase of building materials and labor for work done between 1809 and 1858. Museum staff interpreted in detail the material, labor, and expense involved in constructing a home in 19th-century rural Virginia. During the restoration process the chimneys were capped off which then prevented the demonstration of 19th-century food preparation. Archaeological inspection of the property located evidence of an outdoor kitchen once used on the property as was often the custom of homes of the time period.

The Henrico County Historical Society in partnership with Friends of Meadow Farm and other organizations in the community have begun a series of events to raise funding for building an outdoor kitchen at Meadow Farm. We feel that it is an especially important feature to demonstrate to schoolchildren where their food comes from other than from the grocery store and how to prepare it. Consideration is also given to the interpretation of slaves who likely prepared the food at Meadow Farm and the African influence in American culture. Your donation makes possible our goal of completing Meadow Farm’s interpretation of Henrico history for the benefit of future generations.

Donations may be made with checks payable to “Friends of Meadow Farm Escrow Account” and mailed to HCHS, P.O. Box 90775, Henrico, VA 23273 or via Paypal button below. We thank you for your support of this worthwhile project.

Henrico County Historical Society Teapot

Henrico County Historical Society Teapot.

  • Clear glass teapot with infuser sandblasted with "Henrico County Historical Society"
  • Makes 3.2 cups (25 ounces each) of tea
  • You'll find delicious HCHS specialty tea blends sold below
  • Please note: teapot warmer is not included

     Price: $50.00

Tea Warmer with Grid

Tea Warmer with Grid.

  • Our teapot warmer is a perfect compliment to our teapot, sold above
  • You don’t have to worry about cold tea again!
  • Tea light included, 5” diameter

     Price: $15.00

Brookland's Summer Passion Decaf Tea

Brookland's Summer Passion Decaf Tea.

  • Brookland's Summer Passion Decaf Tea is one of three signature teas offered by HCHS
  • This tea's taste is fruity and at the same time fresh and herbal
  • It's the perfect symbiosis of the flavors of passion fruit, pineapple, and candied papaya

     Price: $8.00 for 15 gourmet tea bags

Tuckahoe's Walnut Green Tea

Tuckahoe's Walnut Green Tea.

  • Tuckahoe's Walnut Green Tea is one of three signature teas offered by HCHS
  • This tea's taste is an exception creation
  • It's a surprising blend of crunchy walnut and mouth-watering pineapple-coconut almond

     Price: $8.00 for 15 gourmet teabags

Henrico's Coconut Almond Tea

Henrico's Coconut Almond Tea.

  • Henrico's Coconut Almond Tea is one of three signature teas offered by HCHS
  • This exotic blend can be enjoyed hot or as a delicous ice tea
  • The combination of sweet coconut and almond flakes is a feast for the eyes

     Price: $8.00 for 15 gourmet teabags

Walkerton Tavern - Limited Edition Print

The Walkerton Tavern (circa 1825) Limited Edition Print is part of a series of Historic Henrico Landmark Prints offered by HCHS. It was created by nationally known historical artist, Henry Kidd. Walkerton Tavern is located in Henrico County's Brookland District.

Two sizes are available:

     Price: $20.00 for 8.5" x 11" print

     Price: $50.00 for 17" x 13" print

Dabbs House - Limited Edition Print

The Dabbs House Limited Edition Print is part of a series of Historic Henrico Landmark Prints offered by HCHS. It was created by nationally known historical artist, Henry Kidd. Dabbs House served as General Robert E. Lee's Headquarters in June, 1862. Dabbs House is located in Henrico County's Varina District.

Two sizes are available:

     Price: $20.00 for 8.5" x 11" print

     Price: $50.00 for 17" x 13" print

Henrico County Cemeteries

Henrico County Cemeteries book.

  • Compiled by Sue Krimm and Margaret Childress
  • Lists over 3,000 graves located in Henrico County
  • 120 pages

     Price: $20.00

Henrico County Field of Honor

Henrico County Field of Honor two volume book set.
  • Written by Dr. Louis H. Manarin
  • Chronicles every significant battle within the county's borders
  • 976-page, two volume book set
  • 747 illustrations, maps, paintings, and other images
  • 295 battlefield and troop-movement maps, most of which are published for the first time
  • 17 original paintings, including 15 commissioned specifically for this volume set

     Price: $89.95

The History of Henrico County

The History of Henrico County.

  • Authored by Dr. Louis H. Manarin and Charles H. Peple
  • Discover the original story of Henrico
  • Detailed text, images, photographs in this 2011 edition revised and reprinted as part of the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the County of Henrico

     Price: $20.95

Inventory of Early Architecture - County of Henrico, Virginia

Inventory of Early Architecture - County of Henrico, Virginia book.

  • Over 180 descriptions and photos of Henrico's historical landmarks, from pre-colonial day to the 1960s
  • Includes archaeological sites, churches, schools, industrial buildings, businesses, and residences

     Price: $10.00

County Manager Government in Henrico, Virginia: Implementation, Evolution, and Evaluation

County Manager Government in Henrico, Virginia book.
  • Written by Dr. Nelson Wikstrom
  • In-depth study of the experience of Henrico County with the county manager form of government adopted in 1934
  • Includes examination of the challenges, accomplishments and professional styles of the seven County Managers who served the county; review of the historically close working relationship between the County Manager and the Board of Supervisors' members; and factors leading to success of this type of government and its future in Henrico County

     Price: $25.00

Henrico County Historical Society Magazines

Henrico County Historical Society magazines June 1975 to March 1995.

  • Order HCHS magazines spanning June 1975 to March 1995
  • Our magazines list provides an alphabetical guide to content found in all magazines during that time span. Each issue is $10.00.

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     Price: $10.00 per issue.

High Meadow: Where Robert E. Lee Drew His Sword

High Meadow book.
  • Written by Dr. H. Douglas Pitts in 1998
  • High Meadows was a modest farmhouse in Richmond used as the headquarters of Robert E. Lee for sixty-two days during the summer of 1862; it was here that Robert E. Lee came of age as a warrior
  • High Meadow is where Robert E. Lee drew his sword and the course of the Civil War was substantially altered.

     Price: $10.00

Henrico County Historical Society Coverlet

Henrico County Historical Society Coverlet.
  • Coverlet was commissioned by HCHS and created by We Love Country.
  • The design captures the history and spirit of Henrico County with the depiction of historic county sites and events
  • The design appears in Williamsburg blue on a natural background
  • 100% cotton, two-layer, jacquard woven in the USA, preshrunk, colorfast, and machine washable
  • Measures approximately 46 x 68 inches,fringed on all four sides

     Price: $45.00

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