Things That Go Bump in the Night at Henricus Park: October 19-20

Henricus Historical Park

CHESTER, Va., October 2, 2012Henricus Historical Park, site of the second permanent English settlement in the New World, will present “Haunted Henricus: Things That Go Bump in the Night” on October 19 and 20. Visitors will experience an evening of spellbinding accounts and legendary tales as period-dressed interpreters revive old English and American Indian folklore and legends. Join colonists and Virginia Indians by the fireside of 1611-1622 Virginia as they recount eerie and strange tales of their homeland.

Activities planned for “Haunted Henricus” will capture the essence of what it felt like to be a colonist in a dark, mysterious and wooded landscape, exposed to uncertain perils. Visitors will understand the connection of the harvest season to many European superstitions and listen to tales of “Things That Go Bump in the Night.”

Representatives from Transcend Paranormal will be onsite to share findings of modern-day paranormal activity at Henricus Historical Park.Haunted tours will run from 7:30-9:30 p.m. and last approximately one hour.Refreshments will be available and include cookies, apple cider and hot chocolate.Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children 6-12 with registration required by October 17 by calling (804) 748-1611. Haunted tours are not appropriate for children under six.

New This Year

New this year will be a paranormal investigation and sleepover for 25 adults both nights. Transcend Paranormal will lead activities which will take place from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Registration will not begin for Saturday’s investigation and sleepover until Friday is booked. Combined admission for the haunted tour and paranormal investigation is $20 by calling (804) 748-1611 before October 17.

“Our Halloween program is unique because it is educational and entertaining for visitors,” said Charles Lewis Grant, executive director. “Haunted Henricus makes learning about history fun for the whole family.”

Warm up by the fire and enjoy an evening of old fashioned family fun. Henricus Historical Park was voted 2012 “Best Park” by readers of It is located on 32 acres along the scenic and historic James River and is surrounded by the 810-acre Dutch Gap Conservation Area. Only 20 minutes from Richmond, the park is located at 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester, Virginia 23836.