Henricus hosts fourth major event, hospital is focus

Henricus Historical Park continues its 400th commemoration with the fourth major event in a series called “The Year of Henricus” with “Mount Malady- America’s First Hospital” on May 7 and 8. This event details the science of 17th-century medical care and the planning and building of Mount Malady. Topics include the role of women as primary healers within the home in colonial and Virginia Indian cultures. America’s first hospital will be explored through family-friendly historical interpretations and demonstrations.

Virginia Indian activities will feature how Powhatan people used herbal and organic resources to make medicines and highlight their spiritual beliefs in healing the sick. English activities include the making of home brews, remedies, and potions, demonstrations featuring the role of technical doctors or barber-surgeons, and Sir Thomas Dale’s orders for a hospital and theories on promoting good health.

On Saturday and Sunday, children are invited to participate in “A Medical Legacy,” a series of hands-on activities from early colonial remedies through modern medicine today. On the bluff overlooking the James River, children will learn about planting, drying and making herb sachets. For a modern lesson, families may take CPR training and meet medical service animals.

Admission is free for mothers in honor of Mother’s Day.  Otherwise, admission is free for gift club patrons, $8 for adults and $6 for children aged 3-12.  The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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