A Trip Back in Time…

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We decided to get out of the house this weekend and check out a park that is about 5 mins from our apartment. So we grabbed the dog and off we went.

Little did we know when we arrived at Henricus Park that we would be traveling back in time, Colonial Time at that.
The park, which is located on the bluffs over looking the James River, has a replica Dutch and Indian Village built on it for tours.

We didn’t take a tour, but we still peered through the fence.

This is the outside of the village with it’s period time fence/fortification.

Here’s a view into the village. Again, we didn’t walk through (didn’t want to pay) so we just got the outsiders view. lol

One of the Watch Towers around the village.

I just LOVED the view of the trail with the house in the distance and had to stop and take a picture.
Wish I had out large camera instead of our small one with me instead. All well!

Like I said, we peered and peak over the fence into the village so here’s a shot of the fence with a house in the distance through the trees.

I was amazed at the roof and chimneys on the houses. The roof is made of layers, upon layers of tiny branches and the chimney is mud with hay mixed in.

I took this shot over the fence of what I believe is suppose to be the hospital.
Apparently, this was the first hospital in the area so everyone from the Colonies would come here for treatment. On a sign I read, it said there were “40 beds for 80 patients.” I don’t think I would have wanted to get treated there! lol

This is a shot of the old fence/fort around the village. I loved the stakes/nails.

This is the replica Indian village that was on the land before the Dutch settlers took over.

Had to get a shot with my love with the James River in the background.

And the best part of the trip was seeing this guy:
This gorgeous Bald Eagle flew up as we were standing looking out on the River.
He was huge flying up and actually scared me. lol I then realized it was an Eagle and we stood there for 10 or more minutes trying to get him to look down at us so I could get a picture of him.
It was amazing to actually see one out in the wild and not in some sanctuary.

He made it worth going out in the crazy heat we’ve been having!
Plus, we saved 3 turtles from getting run over, one of which already had a foot missing. 🙁

What did you do this past weekend?

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  • Mandy [Mandipidy]
    June 15, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    So cool! I loved that interesting stuff like that was all over the place in Richmond… it would be such a cool place to raise kids! 🙂 And that's amazing that you saw a bald eagle in the wild! I've never seen a wild one.

  • Vivienne @ the V Spot
    June 16, 2011 at 12:29 am

    That is AWESOME! Seeing the eagle gave me goosebumps

  • Lisa
    June 16, 2011 at 3:46 am

    I have been there. It's a good place for kids to get hands on, but, not completely historically accurate. I would totally recommend the actual site. I spent an entire day there. Definitely listen to the historians that are there, lots to learn. Amazing to see some of the things they uncovered. Makes me miss the area! Thanks for posting the great pictures. 🙂