Thursday, July 17, 2014

Henrico, Virginia!

Alright, so I have been to this city multiple times by now, considering it is where my grandmother and I have been staying for my internship at the Poe Museum in Richmond. Henrico, just fifteen or so minutes away, is quite a nice little town, so I thought my buddy here and I would share it with y'all!

Unfortunately, you cannot see a lot of the town considering I am merely at a hotel room point-of-view...I will try to take more photos when I can. 

Henrico is located in Henrico County, which was founded in 1611 and is one of the oldest counties in the United States. Located near the Commonwealth of Virginia, and being the fifth-most populated town in Virginia, this historic county was named after Henricus, a community founded by Sir Thomas Dale in 1611. According to my number one site of information (AKA Wikipedia), Henricus was destroyed by the Powhatan Confederacy during the Indian Massacre of 1622. Henrico County was, later, named after Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales. 

On the south side of the James River, in Chesterfield County, is where the original Henricus is located. Henricus Historical Park has now been developed around this historic site since its discovery in the twentieth century.

During the Civil War, Henrico County was the site of several battles during the Peninsula Campaign, including the battles of Seven Pines, Oak Grove, White Oak Swamp, and Malvern Hill. The Richmond National Battlefield Park is a nationally protected area.

Other key points of interest regarding this city include Henrico County being the location of Richmond International Raceway, home to NASCAR races twice a year. Also, Henrico County is one of only two Virginia counties that maintains its own roads.

Over all, this charming city is a mixture of hidden history and good suburb living. Many stores and malls are conveniently close by, and although I have not eaten out in this town, there is a great Starbucks down the way! (I sound so pretentious, don't I.)

So, if looking for a quaint area to stay that has all of the close comforts of city living, I recommend Henrico as your base for staying in Richmond area. Richmond is only a short drive away, and from there is Chesterfield and a short drive to Petersburg.

-Kelly and Teddy