Henricus Foundation
251 Henricus Park Road
Chester VA 23836
Mission Statement
The mission of the Henricus Foundation is to provide educational, cultural and recreational opportunities through the preservation, reconstruction and interpretation of the Citie of Henricus, an historic site first settled in 1611.
CEO/Executive Director Charles Lewis Grant
Board Chair Craig D. Bell Esq.
Board Chair Company Affiliation McGuireWoods, LLP
Contact Information
Address 251 Henricus Park Road
Chester, VA 23836
Telephone 804 748-1611
Fax 804 706-1356
E-mail henricushistoricalpark@gmail.com
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1987
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $919,000.00
Projected Expenses $930,000.00
The mission of the Henricus Foundation is to provide educational, cultural and recreational opportunities through the preservation, reconstruction and interpretation of the Citie of Henricus, an historic site first settled in 1611.
  1. Educated nearly 30,000 regional school children annually about Virginia History coordinating with Virginia's Standards of Learning (SOLs) and welcome over 140,000 visitors to the historic site and Dutch Gap Conservation area. 
  2. Completion of construction of church/meeting hall.
  3. Secured a matching grant from the National Park Service for relic river access.
  4. Introduced additional,diversified educational programming related to nature and history,
  1. Implementation planning for a new colonial river commerce site/harbor and programs.
  2. Marketing and refinement of private event planning and catering.
  3. Continued strengthening of the public/private partnership between Henricus Foundation, Henrico County and Chesterfield County.
Increase annual unrestricted funding for the Henricus Educational Fund to expand opportunities to accommodate more students and increase the opportunities for additional educators and interpreters.
Fundraising for Phase II of the Master Plan which includes a new centerpiece building. Use will include expanded educational purposes, a flexible floor plan to facilitate larger public and private meetings,events, a space to seat 300 people and an expanded artifact viewing area.
Phase II will also include the expansion of the Virginia Indian site to accommodate more visitors for educational purposes and experiential learning.
The new site for emphasis on the story of river commerce at Henricus is a key component of Phase II.
In addition a board walk and environmental learning center over tidal marshes where the James River once flowed will enhance learning offerings.
Additional funding for scholar/interpreters remains a top need and priority. 
The small ratio of students to interpreter/teachers is an ongoing commitment of Henricus.
Background In 1985, the Henricus Foundation was officially formed to re-create Henricus, the second successful English settlement in North America. The Foundation officially became a 501(c)(3) organization in 1987. Representatives from Chesterfield County, Henrico County and other community leaders form the Board of Trustees.

Henricus Historical Parkre-creates everyday life in the Virginia Indian community of Arrohateck and the Citie of Henricus. Founded in 1611, Henricus was established upriver from a struggling Jamestown. Citie leaders developed the first English hospital, chartered the first college in North American and established tobacco as the first cash crop in Virginia.

As a living history museum, Henricus serves nearly 30,000 students each year through Virginia’s SOL-aligned education programs for grades pre-K through 12. 

Henricus is located on 32 acres along the scenic and historic James River and is surrounded by the 810-acre Dutch Gap Conservation Area.
CEO Statement
Henricus Historical Park reaches nearly 30,000 students each year but thousands more in the Richmond region don't get the opportunity to participate due to limited resources.  Additional funding will allow the Henricus Foundation to hire more educators and expand programming, research and facilities.  The regional partnership between the Foundation and the counties of Chesterfield and Henrico has endured for over two decades and is a model of a successful public/private partnership, but the private funding requires a substantial growth factor if we are to be able to continue to provide services to even more regional and national visitors. The story is unique and the setting is unparalled.
Henricus Historical Park and the Dutch Gap Conservation Area is a destination where visitors can spend the day learning and exploring history and nature.  We are honored to have received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and proud that so many people feel passionately about the quality of our staff, programming and facilities.
Board Chair Statement



Imagine you are one of 300 settlers led by Sir Thomas Dale to build the Citie of Henricus, a settlement that the Virginia Company of London hopes will become the principal seat of the colony. Founded in 1611 by Sir Thomas Dale, the Citie of Henricus is the second successful English settlement in North America . . . and located right in our neighborhood! And yet to many, Henricus Citie is largely unknown . . . until now. Through the hard work of many dedicated volunteers and concerned citizens, coupled with the cooperation of the counties of Henrico and Chesterfield, the Citie of Henricus gains in prominence as it expands its educational, cultural and recreational amenities and opportunities through its preservation, reconstruction and interpretation of the Citie of Henricus.

The Citie of Henricus, located in Henricus Historical Park, is centered in the natural landscape of the Dutch Gap Conservation Area and the James River, a unique site in Central Virginia. The recreated 1611 Citie of Henricus is an outdoor living history museum with twenty colonial, 17th century English and Virginia Indian structures that demonstrate history through hands-on interactive educational programs. The park setting of Henricus Historical Park provides the natural environment offering activities for science and history courses in settings surrounded by woods, waterways and marshes. It’s perfect for nature hikes, environmental analysis and math based courses like the mapping class and the important economic story of the beginnings of commerce and trade in a place that is now known as the Commonwealth of Virginia. The surrounding landscape today is still similar to what was experienced by the early settlers and Native Americans over 400 years ago.

The public private partnership between Chesterfield and Henrico counties and the non-profit Henricus Foundation is reaching out through The Campaign for the Future to seek private support and additional funding for continued educational excellence in programming, expansion of interpreter and educator capabilities and enhancements to the site that reaches over 30,000 students annually from the region and thousands of visitors from across the globe.

Come by for a visit to the Citie of Henricus. You will meet the Arrohateck people, members of the powerful and proud Powhatan Indian Nation. In the Indian village, one can enter into the “long houses” or “yehakins” and experience the daily life of native Virginia Indians from a 17th century perspective. You will meet and visit with the English settlers and learn about their way of life and survival in the “new country” as you see these settlers conduct their daily tasks to provide for their community through agriculture, the establishment of tobacco as the first cash crop in the New World, early trade and commerce, religion, self-governance, and military protection. Soon Henricus Citie will expand its amenities and activities through the addition of a replicated 17th century sailing vessel, which workers will interpret and restore using 17th century style tools and skills.

Visit Henricus Historical Park and relive America’s beginnings. Our historical interpretation and reenactments pay tribute to Virginia’s Indians and the English settlers who carved a nation out of what was then Virginia’s western frontier. Henricus is both an educational facility and a destination site for people to witness the recreated second city in the New World and enter a place where friends, families and educators can re-engage with both history and nature. Program themes range from 17th century cultures, archaeology, sciences and mapping and the James River environment.

For more about the living history museum at Henricus Historical Park, located within the Dutch Gap Conservation Area, check out our website at www.Henricus.org to learn more about the Pre-K–12 and adult education programs, including indoor and outdoor meeting and special event space available for rental. The Citie of Henricus is getting better known by its surrounding communities. Voted in 2012 as the Best Park by Readers of Richmond.com. Voted a 2013 Top 10 Richmond’s Times-Dispatch Regional Destination. Designated by TripAdvisor.com with the 2014 and 2015 Certificate of Excellence. Momentum is building. Come by and visit, enjoy, learn and have fun.

Craig D. Bell
Henricus Foundation
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Richmond, City
Tri-cities Region
Henrico County
Chesterfield County
Board Chair
Board Chair Craig D. Bell Esq.
Company Affiliation McGuireWoods, LLP
Term July 2014 to June 2019
Email cdbell@mcguirewoods.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
Wayne Adkins Assistant Chief, Chickahominy Indian Tribe
Craig Bell Esq.McGuireWoods, LLP
John (Jack) Berry President and CEO, Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau
Joseph P. Casey Henrico County
John V. Cogbill Esq.McGuireWoods, LLP
Frances Broaddus Crutchfield Community volunteer
Christopher Dibble Dominion Energy
George Drumwright Jr.Community Volunteer
Wayne L. Edmunds CPA, Gregory & Associates
George P. Emerson Jr.Founder,Emerson Construction Group
Mark S. Fausz Managing Editor/Owner, Village Publishing
Ernest Gates Jr.OwenGates
The Honorable Dorothy A. Jaeckle Bermuda District Supervisor, Chesterfield County
J. Fletcher Kelly VP, Shoosmith Brothers Inc. and VA Waste Service, Inc.
Bill Martin Valentine Museum
Howard Nester Jr.President, Chesterfield County Farm Bureau
The Honorable Patricia S. O'Bannon Tuckahoe District Supervisor, Henrico
P. Michael Spraker Retired Major, Chesterfield County Police Dept.
Dr. Cary S. Straton Radiology Associates of Richmond
Dennis Strawderman Henricus Militia
Sandra Walker Community volunteer
Barry P. Yaffe Retired CPA
Rick Young Half Way House Restaurant
Scott Zaremba Chesterfield County
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 23
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 21
Female 4
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 96
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 4
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
Kenneth F. Adams
Stephen Adkins VA Dept. of HRM
Lynne Bland Chesterfield County Schools
Dr. Larry Connatser Community Volunteer
R.M. "Dickie" King Kings Korner Catering
Dr. Hazle Konerding
Philip H. Pedlow Community Volunteer
Franda D. Pedlow Community Volunteer
John N. Siddall
Carol Anne K Simopoulos Henrico County Schools
Executive Director
Executive Director Charles Lewis Grant
Senior Staff
Mrs. Margaret Carlini Education Supervisor
Mr. John Daniel Pagano Interpretation Supervisor
Full Time Staff 10
Part Time Staff 7
Volunteers 50
Contractors 6
Retention Rate 95
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Management Succession Plan? No
Best ParkRichmond.com2012
Henricus Historical Park offers a wide range of educational programs for school children (public, private and homeschool, grades Pre-K - 12) both onsite and outreach (at participating schools).  This living history museum focuses on 17th century history of colonial Virginia (the 1611 - 1622 Citie of Henricus), Virginia Indian history (Powhatan community of Arrohateck) and the Civil War on the James River.  All programs are aligned with the state of Virginia's SOL guidelines for History & Social Studies, Math and Sciences.  Partial scholarships are offered to Title I schools.  We currently serve @24,000 students per year coming from more than 10 school districts primarily within a 60-mile radius of the Park. 
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget $50,000.00
Short Term Success
Our goal involves helping the state educational system meet the targeted SOL and AYP goals for K-12 education. 
Long Term Success
To team with traditional education formats in providing a broad educational experience to all school children of K-12 grade levels.
We offer children of ages 5 to 15 and adults a range of day camps that focus on varied themes from the Virginia Indians and Colonial Life to the Civil War, the James River environment and archaeology.  These camps include a variety of activities that help to enhance a child's understanding of history in an exciting, hands-on and interactive manner.  Scouting badge activities are arranged as requested; family activity days are also available.
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Budget $15,000.00
Long Term Success
To add year-round activities to the educational offerings.
Themed tours (Colonial era, Virginia Indians, the Civil War) are provided to adult groups and college students at the re-created living history sites of the Citie of Henricus and the Powhatan village of Arrohateck. College lectures on various associated themes are provided both at Henricus and at requesting college campuses.  Hands-on adult programs in such themes as colonial sciences, the James River environment and Henricus and archaeology are also available.
Population Served Adults
Budget $10,000.00
Teacher Informational In-services, History Workshops and lectures, themed Teacher Institutes and site Open Houses are provided for public, private and homeschool educators.  These can include teacher recertification credits as arranged by the school through a local college. 
Population Served Adults
Budget $10,000.00
Beginning with our annual founding commemoration -- Publick Days -- and including many weekend and evening events, we provide public historical events and programs for colonial, Virginia Indian and Civil War themes. 
Population Served Families
Budget $20,000.00
CEO/ED/Board Comments
Our re-created, living history site has the opportunity to provide to local, national and international public of all ages the rich cultural history and experiences of the earliest American communities; of the various peoples and historical actions that eventually evolved into the American experience of today.  Our challenges involve spreading the word both locally and nationally making these hands-on and minds-on experiences available to the widest possible audience through a combination of on-site programs and activities and through distance-learning forums.  For school-aged children, the ability to either bring them to the site or make programming available at their school is a challenge due to distances, staffing availability and costs involved.  For the adult or family popoulation, making the themes "come alive" for a wide range of interestes also involves the ability to provide staff-intensive programming for people from great distances and from many different communities.  Staff Comment by Henricus Education Supervisor.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $919,000.00
Projected Expenses $930,000.00
Endowment Value $3,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 5
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$538,605$744,527$562,988
Individual Contributions$18,649$70,170$55,148
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,549$1,798$2,293
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind$16,500----
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,084,101$922,716$950,604
Administration Expense$91,224$43,024$64,921
Fundraising Expense$110,654$182,537$125,031
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.710.930.79
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%80%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue16%20%17%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$5,503,798$5,879,289$5,992,935
Current Assets$802,752$1,031,616$1,353,294
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$64,672$62,586$98,782
Total Net Assets$5,439,126$5,816,703$5,894,153
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities12.4116.4813.70
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Campaign Purpose Phase II expansion of site amenities, enhanced educational and event spaces and new stories of river commerce and enhancement for capabilities to teach science and environmental studies
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application 5/2016View