Henricus Historical Park

Project Summary

Working for Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation and the Henricus Foundation, Timmons Group led an assessment and design team in visioning Henricus Historical Park’s ten-year future. The plan focuses on guiding the future development of the Park’s outdoor living history museum and improving multi-modal access to both the park and the adjacent 800-acre Dutch Gap Conservation Area. After conducting land use and programming analysis, transportation studies, environmental field studies, and workshops for clients and stakeholders, the landscape architecture team developed several phased plan alternatives for the sites. The collaborative process lasted over two years and yielded a 100-page comprehensive planning and costing document. The Henricus Foundation and Chesterfield and Henrico Counties’ Parks and Recreation departments plan to use the master plan to successfully transform the Dutch Gap/Henricus area into a world class historical, cultural, and environmental education hub.

The plan puts forward solutions for improving access, including the purchase of an adjacent site to provide pedestrian, bicycle and canoe-only access into the Dutch Gap Conservation Area, and a pedestrian trail system linking proposed exhibits on river commerce and expanded exhibits on Native American life. A greenway and blueway study in the plan explores opportunities to develop connections to several regional trails and waterways, taking advantage of the park’s location on a bluff overlooking the James River.