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If you love history, then Henrico is the place for you! Henrico County, like all of Virginia, is rich in history. Henrico residents and events have shaped America’s story and its heritage. Our history began in 1611, when Henrico became one of the eight original shires of Virginia. In 2011, thousands of visitors helped us celebrate our 400th anniversary.

Discover what it was like to work a 19th-century farm or walk the same battlefields as General Robert E. Lee or Ulysses S. Grant. Prefer a museum? Be sure to visit the Virginia Randolph Museum, a National and State Historic Landmark that pays tribute to one of the greatest educators in America. If you have a full day to explore, immerse yourself in a few of our Civil War battle sites in the Richmond National Battlefield Park (Malvern Hill Park and Fort Harrison).
Serious history buffs should visit the Notable Henricoans Database and Historical Data Book. Both are part of an award-winning collection of biographical summaries about individuals who called Henrico County home.
Or check out Henrico's timeline for a quick glimpse of 400 years of history.
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