This past Saturday, the first “Hops in the Park” was held at Henricus Historical Park in Chesterfield County, Virginia.
Henricus is a living museum operated by the Henricus Foundation and the counties of Chesterfield and Henrico.
The Citie of Henricus was the second successful English settlement in the New World. Three hundred settlers, led by Sir Thomas Dale left Jamestown where the environment was less than healthy and traveled some 80 miles up the James River. Henricus Historical Park re-creates this part of early American history.
On a brisk, sunny, autumn day hundreds of beer aficionados and their families came out to experience the finest offerings from more than fifteen Virginia craft breweries, farmer’s markets and historical interpreters, all on the banks of the James River.
This event was a free harvest festival and definitely one of the highlights of the fall season.
We were there to partake and enjoy. And while we had a mishap or two navigating our way from the parking lot via shuttle bus, it was a delightful afternoon.
And, oh yes we sampled several excellent brews.
As the sun began to set, a large bonfire was being built on the hill. Another obligation took us away, but we left planning (and hoping) that we’d be able to come again next year.
And this time get there earlier.
Photos: Henricus Historical Park